Redescription of a poorly known acropomatid, Verilus sordidus Poey 1860, and comparison with Neoscombrops atlanticus Mochizuki and Sano 1984 (Teleostei: Perciformes)
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- Yamanoue, Y., Johnson, G.D. & Starnes, W.C. Ichthyol Res (2009) 56: 400. doi:10.1007/s10228-009-0131-0
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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.