Ichthyological Research

, Volume 61, Issue 4, pp 385–392 | Cite as

Identity of the lectotype of the East Asian flatfish Pleuronichthys cornutus (Temminck and Schlegel 1846) and reinstatement of Pleuronichthyslighti Wu 1929

Short Report

Abstract

The taxonomy of two species of Pleuronichthys from East Asia was re-examined on the basis of scale characteristics. The lectotype of Pleuronichthyscornutus (Temminck and Schlegel 1846) was shown to be conspecific with Pleuronichthysjaponicus Suzuki, Kawashima and Nakabo 2009, being characterized by oval scales, a greater exposed scale area and lower scale counts than a second species, formerly recognized as P. cornutus, but to which Pleuronichthyslighti Wu 1929, formerly considered a junior synonym of P. cornutus, should now be applied. Accordingly, P. japonicus is now considered a junior synonym of P. cornutus.

Keywords

Pleuronichthys cornutus Pleuronichthys japonicus Lectotype Scale Reidentification 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kōji Yokogawa
    • 1
  • Gota Ogihara
    • 2
    • 3
  • Ken-ichi Watanabe
    • 4
  1. 1.Nakatado-gunJapan
  2. 2.The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagoshima University (The Kagoshima University Museum)KagoshimaJapan
  3. 3.SagamiharaJapan
  4. 4.Itano-gunJapan

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