First record of the coloured righteye flounder, Poecilopsetta colorata (Teleostei: Poecilopsettidae) from the Sakalaves seamounts in the Mozambique Channel
|Author(s)||Chen Wei-Jen1, Chen Jhen-Nien1, Pernet Marie Eve Julie2, Olu Karine2|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : Institute of Oceanography, National Taiwan University, No.1 Sec. 4 Roosevelt Road, Taipei 10617, Taiwan.
2 : Département REM/EEP/Laboratoire Environnement Profond, IFREMER/Centre de Bretagne, Institut Carnot EDROME, 29280 Plouzané, France.
|Source||Marine Biodiversity Records (1755-2672) (Springer Nature), 2016-12 , Vol. 9 , N. 83 , P. 1-6|
|Keyword(s)||Fishes, New record, Distribution, Western Indian Ocean, Mozambique Channel, Sakalaves seamounts, COI, PAMELA-MOZ01 cruise|
|Abstract||Background: The coloured righteye flounder, Poecilopsetta colorata Günther, 1880 was previously known from the eastern Indian Ocean to the South China Sea and Indonesia. Here, a new record from the western Indian Ocean is reported.
Results: The new record is based on a specimen collected on the Sakalaves seamounts at 375 m in depth in the Mozambique Channel during a recent oceanographic survey. Four other teleost fish species including an uncommon ophidiid species, Neobythites somaliaensis Nielsen, 1995 were also collected on the same seamounts.
Conclusions: The presence of P. colorata in the Mozambique Channel suggests a broad and Indo-West Pacific wide distribution for this relatively rare deep-sea species. The sequence of the cytochrome oxidase subunit-I for the collected specimen is provided as a genetic reference for further DNA barcoding and systematic studies.