Ichthyological Research

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 75–79 | Cite as

A new anthiine fish (Perciformes: Serranidae),Holanthias kingyo, from the Ryukyu Islands

  • Takeshi Kon
  • Testuo Yoshino
  • You Sakurai


A new anthiine fish,Holanthias kingyo sp, nov., is described on the basis of two specimens (male and female) from the Ryukyu Is., Japan. The new species is most similar toH. natalensis (Fowler, 1925), known only from South Africa, in having the following characters: dorsal fin soft rays 16 or 17, anal fin soft rays 9, pored lateral line scales 46 or 47, scale rows above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 9 1/2 or 10 1/2, and gill rakers 10 or 11 +24 or 25=34–36. It differs from the latter in having more scales below the lateral line to the origin of the anal fin (27 1/2 vs. 18–24), a U-shaped caudal fin with paddle-like lobes (vs. deeply forked caudal fin with each lobe ending in a long slender filament), the outer margin of the soft anal fin vertical (vs. gently convex) and brown spots on the body in female (vs. spots absent in females).

Key words

Holanthias kingyo sp. nov description Anthiinae Ryukyu Is 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Takeshi Kon
    • 1
  • Testuo Yoshino
    • 1
  • You Sakurai
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Marine Sciences, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of the RyukyusOkinawaJapan
  2. 2.Okinawa Environmental Research Co. Ltd.OkinawaJapan

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