Ichthyological Research

, Volume 58, Issue 2, pp 155–160 | Cite as

Epigonus carbonarius, a new species of deepwater cardinalfish (Perciformes: Epigonidae) from the Marquesas Islands, with a redefinition of the Epigonus oligolepis group

  • Makoto OkamotoEmail author
  • Hiroyuki Motomura
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A new epigonid fish, Epigonus carbonarius, is described on the basis of four specimens (50.8–95.3 mm standard length) collected from off Nuku Hiva Island, Marquesas Islands. This species belongs to the Epigonus oligolepis group, redefined in this study. It is distinguished from the three recognized species of the group by the following combination of characters: a small number of total gill rakers (21–23) and pyloric caeca (6), presence of lingual teeth, and absence of teeth from posterior part of vomer. A key to the species in the E. oligolepis group is provided.


Epigonus carbonarius Lingual teeth Rib Nuku Hiva Island 



We are especially grateful to G. Duhamel and R. Causse (MNHN) for opportunity to examine the specimens of the new species. We also thank A.Y. Suzumoto (BPBM), M. Yabe and T. Kawai (HUMZ), L.M. Page and R.H. Robins (UF), and J.T. Williams and E. Wilbur (USNM) for loans of comparative materials, and O. Gon (South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity) for his critical reading of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seikai National Fisheries Research InstituteNagasakiJapan
  2. 2.The Kagoshima University MuseumKagoshimaJapan

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