Ichthyological Research

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 31–38 | Cite as

Owstonia kamoharai (Perciformes: Cepolidae), a new bandfish from Japan

  • Hiromitsu Endo
  • Yun-Chih Liao
  • Keiichi Matsuura
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A new owstoniine bandfish, Owstonia kamoharai, is described based on six specimens (147–402 mm in standard length) collected from off southern Japan: Shikoku Island, Kii Peninsula, and Suruga Bay. The new species differs from its congeners by the following combination of characters: dorsal-fin rays III, 21; anal-fin rays I, 14; pectoral-fin rays 21–23; total caudal-fin rays 17 (branched 13); vertebrae 28–29; gill rakers on first arch 39–40; cheek with 88–123 scales in 8–10 rows; lateral line without branch, not forming loop in front of dorsal fin, ending below 8th–10th dorsal-fin soft rays; scales in longitudinal rows 53–56; lower margin of preopercle smooth; pelvic fin short, not reaching to anus; posterior margin of caudal fin rounded; uniformly reddish coloration with black markings on membranes of both jaws; and white margins of vertical fins.


Actinopterygii Owstoniinae Owstonia new species southern Japan 



We are most grateful to D. G. Smith, J. T. Williams, and S. Raredon (USNM), H. Praagman (ZMA), R. Bills and O. Gon (SAIAB), J. Lundberg, M. Sabaj Pérez, and R. Meyer (ANSP), N. Nakayama (BSKU), T. Nakabo (FAKU), and E. Katayama and G. Shinohara (NSMT) for arranging specimen loans; M.-Y. Lee (Academia Sinica), and T. Suzuki and T. Naito (BSKU) for kindly assisting with radiography; H. Ikada (Tanabe City, Wakayama), E. Iizuka (Numazu City, Shizuoka), and T. Yamakawa (Kochi City, Kochi) for providing the paratypes and photographs; Y. Kai (FAKU) and E. Katayama (NSMT) for obtaining literature; N. Nakayama (BSKU) for taking a photograph of the paratype and for drawing Fig. 3; G. D. Johnson (USNM) and W. F. Smith-Vaniz (UF) for providing the holotype data of S. pectinifer and other information about their studies on bandfishes; G. Yearsley (Hobart, Australia) for editing the English text. Travel support to Y.-C. Liao was provided by K.-T. Shao and by the Thematic Research Program of Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (AS-98-TP-B01). The study was partly supported by Grant-in-Aids for Scientific Research (B) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo (24370041), the Kuroshio Project of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tsukuba, and the Marine Science Project of Natural Science Cluster, Sciences Unit, Kochi University.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiromitsu Endo
    • 1
  • Yun-Chih Liao
    • 2
  • Keiichi Matsuura
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratory of Marine Biology, Faculty of ScienceKochi UniversityKochiJapan
  2. 2.National Museum of Marine Science and TechnologyKeelungTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of ZoologyNational Museum of Nature and ScienceTsukubaJapan

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