Ichthyological Research

, Volume 64, Issue 1, pp 104–110 | Cite as

Redescription of Lagocephalus cheesemanii (Clarke 1897), a senior synonym of Lagocephalus gloveri Abe and Tabeta 1983, based on morphological and genetic comparisons (Actinopterygii: Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae)

  • Keiichi Matsuura
  • Takashi P. Satoh
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Lagocephalus gloveri Abe and Tabeta 1983 is shown to be a junior synonym of Tetrodon cheesemanii Clarke 1897 based on examination of morphological characters and DNA analysis of specimens collected from the western North Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. Lagocephalus cheesemanii is distinguished from other species of Lagocephalus by the following combination of characters: spinules on the back in a rhomboidal patch extending from the region between the nasal organ to the posterior part of the pectoral fin; caudal fin double emarginate with middle rays posteriorly produced; dorsal-fin rays 11–15; anal-fin rays 11–14; pectoral-fin rays 15–18; vertebrae 8+11=19; dorsal half of the body dark brown to brownish black; caudal fin dark brown to black with dorsal and ventral white tips. A neotype of L. cheesemanii is designated.


Puffers Distribution Neotype taxonomy 



We are grateful to the following persons and institutions for specimen loan, gifts of tissue samples for DNA analysis, and facilities provided during visits of the first author: Mark McGrouther (AMS), James Maclaine (BMNH); Alastair Graham and John Pogonoski (CSIRO), Yoshiaki Kai and Fumihito Tashiro (FAKU); Daniel Golani (Hebrew University), Toshio Kawai, Hisashi Imamura, and Mamoru Yabe (HUMZ); Hiroyuki Motomura (KAUM); Hiroshi Senou (KPM); Clive Roberts and Carl Struthers (NMNZ); Jeff Johnson (QM); Kazuo Sakamoto (ZUMT). Kaoru Kuriiwa (NSMT) took the photographs of the neotype of L. cheesemanii and the holotype of L. gloveri. Edward O. Murdy provided comments on the manuscript. This study was partially supported by Grant-in-Aids for Scientific Researches (B) (JP24370041) from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Health Labour Sciences Research Grant (FY2015–2017) of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan; the “Biological Properties of Biodiversity Hotspots in Japan” Project of the National Museum of Nature and Science; and JSPS Asian Core Program “Establishment of Research and Education Network on Coastal Marine Science in Southeast Asia.”


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Museum of Nature and ScienceTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Seto Marine Biological Laboratory, Field Science Education and Research CenterKyoto UniversityNishimuroJapan

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