Ichthyological Research

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 113–120

Dolichopteryx minuscula, a new species of spookfish (Argentinoidei: Opisthoproctidae) from the Indo-West Pacific

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DOI: 10.1007/s10228-005-0329-8

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Fukui, A. & Kitagawa, Y. Ichthyol Res (2006) 53: 113. doi:10.1007/s10228-005-0329-8


A new species Dolichopteryx minuscula is described on the basis of three specimens [49.4–59.6 mm in standard length (SL)] collected from the Indo-West Pacific. The new species is characterized by pouchlike eyes with a small lens (lens diameter 2.2% SL), an adipose fin, the anal fin base originating posterior to the dorsal fin base, and 16–17 (= 5–6 + 1 + 10–11) gill rakers. Total fecundity was relatively low, only 658 ova being obtained from one specimen, despite the ovary being mature. Ovarian eggs were clearly subdivided into “undeveloped” (0.1–0.7 mm diameter classes, n = 561) and “developed” (1.0–1.3 mm classes, n = 97) groups, based on their frequency distribution. Such relatively low fecundity and frequency distributions of ovarian eggs suggest that Dolichopteryx species spawn iteratively during spawning season.

Key words

Dolichopteryx minuscula New species Opisthoproctidae Indo-West Pacific 

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© The Ichthyological Society of Japan 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Fisheries, School of Marine Science and TechnologyTokai UniversityShizuokaJapan
  2. 2.Clinical Development CenterKyowa-Hakko Kogyo Co., LtdTokyoJapan

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