Polar Biology

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 15–19 | Cite as

Description of Gosztonyia antarctica, a new genus and species of Zoarcidae (Teleostei: Perciformes) from the Antarctic Ocean

  • Jesús MatallanasEmail author
Original Paper


A new genus and species of zoarcid fish, Gosztonyia antarctica, is described on the basis of four specimens collected from the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctic Ocean, at a depth of 615 m. Gosztonyia is placed in the subfamily Lycodinae and can be distinguished from all other zoarcid genera by the following combination of characters: seven branchiostegal rays, interdigitating ceratohyal–epihyal articulation, palatal arch reduced, posterior hyomandibular ramus longer than anterior, cranium narrowed, supratemporal commisure and occipital pores absent. A new species, Gosztonyia antarctica, is described and the relationships of the new genus are discussed.


Gosztonyia New genus Zoarcidae Bellingshausen Sea Antarctic Ocean 



I thank the scientific team, the captain, crew and UTM technicians of the B I.O. HESPÉRIDES for their help during the BENTART03 cruise, from which the specimens were captured. Special thanks to José Castro “Córdoba” for his expertise in fishing with the traps. I am also grateful to Carmen Benito (manageress, Servei de Radiosòtops, Facultat de Biologia, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain) for the X-rays, Jordi Corbera for the illustrations, and two anonymous referees for valuable comments. I thank my daughter Muriel for the English revision of the manuscript. The BENTART03 cruise was supported by the Spanish Antarctic Programme (CICYT). This study was supported by a grant from the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia, Spain: “Estudio taxonómico de los Zoarcidae (Teleostei: Perciformes) del Mar de Bellingshausen (Océano Antártico)”, (CLG2007-28861-E/ANT).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zoología (Facultad de Biociencias)Universidad Autónoma de BarcelonaBellaterra, BarcelonaSpain

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