New record of Gobiopsis canalis (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Iraq in the Arabian Gulf
L.A. Jawad, A.C. Al-Shamry, A.J. Al Faisal, U.H. Yusuf & K.H. Younis
The Checkered Goby of the northwest Indian Ocean, Gobiopsis canalis Lachner & McKinney, 1978, is a little known member of the Gobiidae with very few known specimens (Randall 1995). The genus Gobiopsis Steindachner, 1861 is limited to the Indo-Pacific region (Shibukawa 2010), found both in tropical and temperate regions (Larson 2011) and composed mostly of small species that favor shallow brackish and coastal waters. In the first revision of this genus, by Lachner & McKinney (1978), 10 species were included. Subsequently, Lachner & McKinney (1979) added three species to this list, but considered them as “Gobiopsis sensu lato” while the earlier 10 species were designated “Gobiopsis sensu stricto”.
We report a specimen collected from the northern Arabian Gulf in Iraqi waters, a range extension of about 600 km north from the type location. The specimen was collected by trawl net in the northern end of the Arabian Gulf off Iraq, at 29.7258°, 48.8261°, at a depth of about 50–60 m and is deposited as MSC 201 in the Marine Science Centre, University of Basrah, Iraq fish collection
Jawad, L.A., Al-Shamary, A.Ch., Al-Faisal, A.J., Yousif, U.H. & Younis, K.H. (2020) New record of Gobiopsis canalis (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Iraq in the Arabian Gulf. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 36, 28-30.
publication date: 9 November