Ichthyological Research

, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 325–339 | Cite as

Belonoperca pylei, a new species of seabass (Teleostei: Serranidae: Epinephelinae: Diploprionini) from the cook islands with comments on relationships among diploprionins

  • Carole C. BaldwinEmail author
  • W. Leo Smith


Belonoperca pylei is described from five specimens collected at depths of 68–122m from Rarotonga, Cook Islands. It differs from all other known diploprionin serranids in having IX, 10 dorsal-fin rays, III, 7 anal-fin rays, and a color pattern composed primarily of yellow and organge pigments. Cladistic analysis of epinepheline morphology supports monophyly of the diploprionin generaBelonoperca andDiploprion and suggests thatBelonoperca is the sister group ofDiploprion plus the monotypicAulacocephalus.

Key words

Serranidae Belonoperca Cook Islands phylogeny larval morphology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Fishes MRC 159, National Museum of Natural HistorySmithsonian InstitutionWashington, D.C.USA

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