Ichthyological Research

, Volume 66, Issue 2, pp 225–229 | Cite as

Plagiopsetta biocellata, a new species of righteye flounder from the Gulf of Aqaba, northern Red Sea (Teleostei: Samaridae)

  • Ronald FrickeEmail author
  • Daniel Golani
  • Brenda Appelbaum-Golani
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The samarid flatfish Plagiopsetta biocellata sp. nov. is described from Egypt, Gulf of Aqaba, southern Red Sea, based on a specimen collected in the coral-reef lagoon at a depth of 0-1 metres. The new species is characterised within the genus Plagiopsetta by 61 dorsal-fin rays, anal-fin rays 53, pectoral-fin rays on ocular side 8, caudal-fin rays 14; lateral-line scales on ocular side 74; lateral line on blind side incomplete, with 14 scales; gill rakers on ocular side 2 + 4; abdominal vertebrae 11; caudal vertebrae 31; a pair of large ocelli present on posterior body on ocular side; pectoral fin pale, with a distal black blotch. A key to the species of the genus Plagiopsetta is presented.


Samaridae New species Identification key Distribution 



We would like to thank Patrice Pruvost (MNHN) and Jeffrey T. Williams (USNM) for giving access to fish specimens in their care, and for providing information, X-rays and photographs. We are grateful to I. Aizenberg, The Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, HUJ, Jerusalem, for providing X-ray photographs for the holotype of Plagiopsetta biocellata sp. nov.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lauda-KönigshofenGermany
  2. 2.National Natural History Collections and Department of Ecology, Evolution and BehaviorThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael
  3. 3.The Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

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