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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Preliminary review of the pempherid fish genus Parapriacanthus of the western Indian Ocean, with descriptions of five new species

John E. Randall & Sergey V. Bogorodsky

Abstract

The pempherid fish genus Parapriacanthus Steindachner, 1870 is represented in the western Indian Ocean by seven species: P. guentheri (Klunzinger, 1871), a Red Sea endemic long mistakenly considered a synonym of P. ransonneti Steindachner, 1870 from Japan; P. argenteus (von Bonde, 1923), described from South Africa, also falsely regarded as a synonym of P. ransonneti; and the following five new species: P. darros n. sp., type locality D’Arros Island, Seychelles; P. kwazulu, n. sp., type locality Park Rynie, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; P. punctulatus n. sp., type locality Sodwana Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; P. rahah n. sp., type locality Rahah Bay, south coast of Oman; and P. sharm n. sp., type locality Gulf of Aqaba, Sinai Peninsula, the second Red Sea endemic species. The syntypes of P. argenteus have been lost; a neotype is designated, described, and deposited in the collection of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, Grahamstown, South Africa.

 

     

CITATION:

Randall, J.E. & Bogorodsky, S.V. (2016) Preliminary review of the pempherid fish genus Parapriacanthus of the western Indian Ocean, with descriptions of five new species. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation 20: 1-24.

 

publication date: March 14, 2016