First record of Gauguin's blunt-nose lizardfish, Trachinocephalus gauguini Polanco, Acero & Betancur 2016 (Teleostei: Synodontidae) outside the Marquesas Archipelago

Type Article
Date 2018-09
Language English
Author(s) Wang Shih-Yu1, Chen Jhen-Nien1, Russell Barry C.2, Chen Wei-Jen1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Natl Taiwan Univ, Inst Oceanog, 1,Sec 4,Roosevelt Rd, Taipei 10617, Taiwan.
2 : Museum & Art Gallery Northern Terr, GPO Box 4646, Darwin, NT 0801, Australia.
Meeting 4th Annual International Conference of the Asian-Society-of-Ichthyologists (ASI), Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM, 2017
Source Zootaxa (1175-5326) (Magnolia Press), 2018-09 , Vol. 4476 , N. 1 , P. 151-156
DOI 10.11646/zootaxa.4476.1.14
WOS© Times Cited 1
Keyword(s) New record, Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos, Papua New Guinea, Synodontidae, Molecular Taxonomy

Trachinocephalus gauguini Polanco, Acero & Betancur, 2016 was described based on eighteen specimens collected from off the Marquesas Islands, the only location where this species has been recorded until now. Through morphological and molecular examination of Trachinocephalus specimens collected from an exploratory cruise conducted in June 2014 under the Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos program along the northern coast of the New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, we demonstrate the presence of this species in Papua New Guinea waters. This new record suggests a wide distribution for this rarely collected species in the western Pacific Ocean.

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