A new species of Tomiyamichthys
(Pisces: Gobiidae) from Papua New Guinea
Gerald R. Allen, Mark V.
Erdmann & William M. Brooks
A new species of gobiid fish, Tomiyamichthys stuarti,
is described from Milne Bay Province, eastern Papua
New Guinea, on the basis of three male specimens,
20.4-23.5 mm SL. Diagnostic features include
11 segmented dorsal-fin and anal-fin rays, 15 pectoral-fin
rays, 51-56 lateral and 11 transverse scales,
no preopercular pores (no M", N, and O"),
no pores above the operculum (no K" and L"),
no prepelvic or prepectoral scales, ctenoid posterior
body scales, and color pattern. The markings on the
new species consist of 5 large brown blotches on the
side of the body with about 9 brown saddles on the
upper back, orange spots on the dorsal fins and upper
caudal fin, and yellow pelvic and anal fins. Type
specimens were collected from a flat mud bottom in
30 m depth.
Allen, G.R., Erdmann, M.V.
& Brooks, W.M. (2018) A new species of Tomiyamichthys
(Pisces: Gobiidae) from Papua New Guinea. Journal
of the Ocean Science Foundation, 31, 38-46.
publication date: 11 October