Ichthyological Research

, Volume 46, Issue 3, pp 259–265 | Cite as

Atrosalarias hosokawai, a new species of blenny (perciformes: Blenniidae) from the western pacific

  • Toshiyuki Suzuki
  • Hiroshi Senou


A new species of blenny,Atrosalarias hosokawai is described on the basis of 15 specimens from the western Pacific. It is distinguished from the only known congeneric species,A. fuscus (=A. fuscus fuscus+A. fuscus holomelas), by the following: supraorbital cirrus broad and flat (vs. slender and thread-like inA. fuscus); dorsal fin broadly contacting caudal fin (vs. narrow contact); anal fin narrowly contacting caudal fin (vs. usually free or (rarely) very narrow contact); posteriormost dorsal and anal fin rays long (vs. short); first or posteriormost soft dorsal fin ray shortest (vs. posteriormost ray shortest); first soft anal fin ray shortest (vs. posteriormost ray shortest); caudal fin rays branched in specimens over 36.0 mm SL (vs. unbranched); a large dark spot on base of pectoral fin absent (vs. present or absent); a red margin on anterior dorsal fin absent (vs. present). Futhermore,A. hosokawai differs fromA. f. fuscus in having a lower number of dorsal fin spines (ten vs. eleven) and geographical distribution (western Pacific Ocean vs. Indian Ocean and Red Sea). AlthoughA. hosokawai occurs sympatrically withA. f. holomelas, it can be further distinguished from the latter in lacking a large dark spot on base of pectoral fin.

Key words

Atrosalarias new species Blenniidae the western Pacific 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Literature Cited

  1. Aizawa, M. 1997.Atrosalarias fuscus holomelas. Pages 568in O. Okamura and K. Amaoka, eds. Sea fishes of Japan. YAMA-KEI Publ., Tokyo. (In Japanese.)Google Scholar
  2. Eschmeyer, W. N. (ed.). 1998. Catalog of fishes. Vol. 1. Introductory materials, species of fishes, A-L. Calif. Acad. Sci., California, 958 pp.Google Scholar
  3. Hubbs, C. L. and K. F. Lagler. 1983. Fishes of the Great Lakes region with a new preface. Univ. Michigan Press. Ann Anbor. xi+213 pp., 44 pls.Google Scholar
  4. Kawamura, K. and K. Hosoya. 1991. A modified double staining technique for making a transparent fish-skeletal specimen. Bull. Natl. Res. Inst. Aquaculture, (20): 11–18. (In Japanese with English abstract.)Google Scholar
  5. Smith-Vaniz, W. F. and V. G. Springer. 1971. Synopsis of the tribe Salariini with description of five new genera and three new species (Pisces: Blenniidae). Smithson. Contr. Zool., (73): 1–72.Google Scholar
  6. Springer, V. G. and W. F. Smith-Vaniz. 1968. Systematics and distribution of the monotypic Indo-Pacific blenniid fish genusAtrosalarias. Proc. U.S. Natl. Mus., 124 (3643): 1–12, pl. 1.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Ichthyological Society of Japan 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshiyuki Suzuki
    • 1
  • Hiroshi Senou
    • 2
  1. 1.Amagasaki-kita Senior High SchoolAmagasaki, HyogoJapan
  2. 2.Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Natural HistoryOdawara, KanagawaJapan

Personalised recommendations