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Environmental Biology of Fishes

, Volume 41, Issue 1–4, pp 127–145 | Cite as

A review of hybridization in marine angelfishes (Perciformes: Pomacanthidae)

  • Richard L. Pyle
  • John E. Randall
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Synopsis

Although hybridization of terrestrial and freshwater organisms has been well-studied, very little work has focused on hybridization among coral reef fish species. In the present paper, eleven examples of probable hybrids between marine angelfishes (Pomacanthidae) are reviewed. Evidence is presented which strongly suggests that the nominal speciesApolemichthys armitagei is invalid and that specimens previously identified as this species represent hybrids betweenA. trimaculatus andA. xanthurus. Of the remaining ten probable pomacanthid hybrids, five are inCentropyge (C. eibli x C. flavissimus, C. eibli x C. vrolikii, C. flavissimus x C. vrolikii, C. loricu0lus x C. potteri, andC. multifasciatus x C. venustus); one inHolacanthus (H. bermudensis x H. ciliaris), and four inPomacanthus (P. arcuatus x P. paru, P. chrysurus x P. maculosus, P. maculosus x P. semicirculatus, andP. sexstriatus x P. xanthometapon). An additional five examples of possible pomacanthid hybrids are described, two inCentropyge, two inChaetodontoplus and one inPomacanthus. Examination of hybrids may provide clues on reproductive behavior, dispersal capabilities, and phylogenetic relationships of species. More studies on hybridization in coral reef fish species, particularly those involving molecular techniques, are needed.

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Coral reef fish Behavioral ecology Mate-choice Protogyny Polygyny Zoogeography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Pyle
    • 1
  • John E. Randall
  1. 1.Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Box 19000-AHonoluluU.S.A.

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