Ichthyological Research

, 55:335 | Cite as

A new species of Rhinogobius (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from the Julongjiang Basin in Fujian Province, China

  • I-Shiung Chen
  • You-Hua Cheng
  • Kwang-Tsao Shao
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Ten specimens of a new freshwater goby, Rhinogobius longyanensis were collected from the small tributary of the Julongjiang Basin, Fujian Province, southeastern China. The new species can be distinguished from all congeneric species by following unique combination of features: second dorsal fin rays I, 8; anal fin rays I, 7–8; pectoral fin rays modally 17; longitudinal scale series 30–32; predorsal scales 6–8; vertebral count 10 + 17 = 27; three parallel, deep brown oblique stripes crossing on cheek; branchiostegal membrane with 24–28 orange red spots in male; body with 5–6 deep brown blotches; pectoral fin base with a blackish brown bar. A diagnostic key to all nominal species with high vertebral counts from mainland Southeast Asia, China, Taiwan, and Japan is also provided.


Gobiidae Rhinogobius longyanensis sp. nov. Higher vertebral count China Fish taxonomy 



We are very grateful to Prof. H.L. Wu (Shanghai Fishery University) for providing useful comments, specimens and information exchange on Chinese gobiology. We are also grateful to Dr. M. Kottelat (National University of Singapore) for his long-term collaboration on gobioid systematics with ISC and for providing us with valuable, comparative specimens from SE Asia. We would like extend our thanks to Messrs. J.L. Guan, J.H. Chang, and J.W. Wang for their assistance in the field trip to the Fujian and Guangdong Provinces in mid-September 2002. This study was supported by NSC research grants to ISC (2004–2006).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Marine BiologyNational Taiwan Ocean UniversityKeelungTaiwan, ROC
  2. 2.Biodiversity Research Center, Academia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan, ROC

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