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)

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Puffers Distribution Neotype taxonomy 

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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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