Ichthyological Research

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 64–70 | Cite as

A new cardinalfish, Verulux solmaculata (Perciformes: Apogonidae), from Papua New Guinea and Australia

  • Tomohiro Yoshida
  • Hiroyuki Motomura
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Verulux solmaculata sp. nov., a new cardinalfish based on 88 specimens collected from Papua New Guinea and Australia, differs from V. cypselurus, the only other known member of the genus, by the following characters: higher modal numbers of pectoral fin-rays (16 vs. 15 in the latter) and developed gill rakers (14 vs. 13), a broader black band extending over 3–5 (mode 4) rays on each lobe of the caudal fin (vs. 1–3, mode 2), and a black blotch on the caudal-fin base (vs. blotch absent).


Teleostei Verulux cypselurus Taxonomy Distribution 



We are deeply grateful to M. McGrouther, A. Hay, and S. Reader (AMS), M. Sabaj (ANSP), A. Suzumoto (BPBM), T. Iwamoto, D. Catania, and M. Hoang (CAS), H. Senou (KPM), R. de Ruiter (RMNH), O. Gon (SAIAB), T. Alpermann, and S. Drow (SMF), J. Williams (USNM), and S. Morrison, G. Moore, and M. Allen (WAM) for opportunities to examine specimens of Verulux. We also thank Y. Haraguchi and other volunteers and students of KAUM for curatorial assistance, G. Moore (WAM) for the donation of WAM specimens to KAUM, T. Uchida (“DIVEMAN”, Ishigaki, Japan) and K. Yakabu (“ZAWAWA”, Ishigaki-jima, Ishigaki, Japan) for their assistance in collecting specimens, and G. Hardy (Ngunguru, New Zealand) for reading the manuscript and providing help with English. This study was supported in part by Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A: 26241027, B: 24370041, and C: 23580259 and 26450265) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan (JSPS), JSPS Asian Core Program “Establishment of Research and Education Network on Coastal Marine Science in Southeast Asia”, the Coastal Area Capability Enhancement in Southeast Asia Project of the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto, Japan, the “Biological Properties of Biodiversity Hotspots in Japan” project of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tsukuba, Japan, and the “Establishment of Research and Education Network on Biodiversity and Its Conservation in the Satsunan Islands” project of Kagoshima University adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The United Graduate School of Agricultural SciencesKagoshima UniversityKagoshimaJapan
  2. 2.The Kagoshima University MuseumKagoshimaJapan

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