Ichthyological Research

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Redescription of a poorly known acropomatid, Verilus sordidus Poey 1860, and comparison with Neoscombrops atlanticus Mochizuki and Sano 1984 (Teleostei: Perciformes)

  • Yusuke YamanoueEmail author
  • G. David Johnson
  • Wayne C. Starnes
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A poorly known acropomatid, Verilus sordidus Poey 1860, is redescribed based on six specimens from the western central Atlantic. We present diagnostic characters to differentiate this species from Neoscombrops atlanticus Mochizuki and Sano 1984, which has been confused with this species, and designate a neotype of V. sordidus. This species is distinguishable from N. atlanticus by the proximal-middle radial of the first anal-fin pterygiophore being slender with no trough or hollow on the anterodorsal portion (vs. hollow in N. atlanticus), several canine teeth posterior to the large canine teeth on either side of the symphysis of the lower jaw (vs. villiform teeth posterior to enlarged canines), and by the modal numbers of pectoral-fin rays, lateral-line scales, and gill rakers on the lower limb of the first arch.


Verilus sordidus Neoscombrops atlanticus Acropomatidae Anal-fin pterygiophore 



We are grateful to the following persons and institutions for specimen loans: D. Catania (CAS), K. Hartel (MCZ), S. Jewett, L. Palmer, S. Raredon, J. Williams, and R. Vari (USNM). W. Eschmeyer (CAS), K. Hartel (MCZ), and B. Collette (Systematics Laboratory, NMFS) kindly provided us with helpful comments on type specimens of Verilus sordidus. The first author also thanks A. Charef (Univ. Tokyo), who kindly translated the French description of Poey (1860), and A. Carvalho-Filho (Fish Bizz Ltda) for helpful comments. A portion of this study was supported by the Ito Grant for Ichthyology, Fujiwara Natural History Foundation, and Research Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists (10824).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yusuke Yamanoue
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. David Johnson
    • 2
  • Wayne C. Starnes
    • 3
  1. 1.Ocean Research InstituteUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Division of FishesNational Museum of Natural History, MRC 159, Smithsonian InstitutionWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Research LabRaleighUSA

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