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RESEARCH ARTICLE

Enneapterygius niue, a new species of triplefin from Niue and Samoa, southwestern Pacific Ocean (Teleostei: Tripterygiidae)

Ronald Fricke & Mark V. Erdmann

Abstract

A new species of triplefin, Enneapterygius niue, is described on the basis of three specimens from Niue and Samoa. The new species is a medium-sized species of barred Enneapterygius, characterized by 1315 spines in the second dorsal fin, 1820 anal-fin soft rays, 1419 + 1620 lateral line scales, 3336 total lateral scale rows, eye diameter 94128, preorbital 5075, body depth 176206, preanal fin length 483538 (last four measures in thousandths of SL), sides of body with a pattern of two short and five complete bars, pectoral-fin base with a vertical dark bar, preorbital with an oblique dark band, dorsal fins pale except for a dusky base, anal fin dark grey in male and with four oblique brown bands in female, pelvic fins white, and caudal fin pale. The new species is compared with similar species. A revised key to the species of Enneapterygius in the Indo-Australian Archipelago and the western Pacific is presented.

 

     

CITATION:

Fricke, R. & Erdmann, M.V. (2017) Enneapterygius niue, a new species of triplefin from Niue and Samoa, southwestern Pacific Ocean (Teleostei: Tripterygiidae). Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 25, 1432.

publication date: February 7, 2017