Ichthyological Research

, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 272–276 | Cite as

Sebastodes tanakae Snyder 1911, a junior synonym of Sebastes trivittatus Hilgendorf 1880 (Scorpaenoidei: Sebastidae)

  • Yoshiaki Kai
  • Nozomu Muto
  • Tetsuji Nakabo
Short Report


Sebastodes tanakae Snyder 1911 was originally described on the basis of a single specimen collected from Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan. It has long been considered as a junior synonym of Sebastes nivosus Hilgendorf 1880, but our examination of the holotype of S. tanakae showed it to be consistent with the syntypes and other specimens of Sebastes trivittatus Hilgendorf 1880, being clearly different from the holotype of S. nivosus. A brief description of the holotype of S. tanakae is given here and its status as a junior synonym of S. trivittatus is confirmed.


Rockfish Sebastodes tanakae Sebastes trivittatus Sebastes nivosus Synonymy 



We greatly appreciate the assistance of J.T. Williams, D.G. Smith, S.J. Raredon, K. Murphy (USNM), and P. Bartsch and C. Lamour (ZMB), who facilitated our visits to examine specimens and provided radiographs and photos. We also thank T. Noda (Tohoku National Fisheries Research Institute, Fisheries Research Agency) for help in collecting specimens and G.S. Hardy (Ngunguru, New Zealand) for critical reading of the manuscript. This study was supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) from Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) (24370036).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Maizuru Fisheries Research Station, Field Science Education and Research CenterKyoto UniversityMaizuruJapan
  2. 2.Division of Applied Biosciences, Graduate School of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  3. 3.The Kyoto University Museum, Kyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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