A NEW SPECIES OF CARDINALFISHES (APOGONIDAE) FROM NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

WA Museum Records and Supplements | Updated 8 years ago

Abstract - A new species of apogonid fish is described on the basis of five trawl-captured specimens from northwestern Australia. A. fuscomaculatus, sp. nov. appears to be most closely related to A. striatus from the Indo-Malay Archipelago. The two species have similar low gill raker counts (8-9 developed rakers), fin shapes (relatively low dorsal and anal with slightly rounded caudal), and preopercle serration (moderate serrae on margin and smooth ridge). Additionally, they both possess a Silvery abdomen and a similar pattern of three dark lines radiating from the eye. They differ markedly, however in overall colour pattern. A. fuscomaculatus, sp. nov. has large dark spots on the side of the body compared with about 10 narrow bars on the side of A. striatus.

Author(s) ALLEN, GERALD R. AND MORRISON, SUSAN M. : Part 4
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