Aseraggodes crypticus, a new Sole (Pleuronectiformes: Soleidae) from Christmas Island, Indian Ocean

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ABSTRACT – A new soleid fish, Aseraggodes crypticus, is described from two specimens, 35.7–48.6 mm in standard length, collected from 15–25 m at Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Previously confused with A. melanostictus (Peters), it is distinct in having 76–79 dorsaI-fin rays, 56–59 anal-fin rays, 66–70 lateral-line scales, no branches of the lateral line on the head, 37 vertebrae, 12–13 dorsal pterygiophores anterior to the fourth neural spine, no caudal peduncle, pelvic fins free from anal fin and genital papilla, and a strongly variegated ocular-side colour pattern.

Author(s) John E. Randall and Gerald R. Allen
Records 24 : Part 1
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