Polar Biology

, Volume 31, Issue 10, pp 1175–1179 | Cite as

New species of Pogonophryne (Pisces, Artedidraconidae) from the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica

  • Richard R. Eakin
  • Joseph T. EastmanEmail author
  • Jesús Matallanas
Original Paper


A new species of notothenioid fish, Pogonophryne bellingshausenensis n. sp., is described from the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica. The new species belongs to the dorsally-spotted “mentella” group of the genus and is characterized by having a short (about 13% SL) mental barbel with a short (about 16% of barbel length), narrow (barely wider than the stalk), and relatively inconspicuous terminal expansion composed of short, irregular, fingerlike processes. Compared to most other dorsally-spotted species of Pogonophryne (“barsukovi”, “marmorata”, and “mentella” groups), P. bellingshausenensis has a relatively wide (about 7% SL) interorbital region. An unspotted patch on the median dorsal surface of the head, posterior to the posttemporal ridges and anterior to the first dorsal fin, has not been observed previously in any dorsally-spotted species. The holotype was collected at 1,947 m, one of the deepest records for any species of Pogonophryne. A revised key to the ten species of the “mentella” group of Pogonophryne is also provided.


Taxonomy Notothenioidei “Mentella” group Mental barbel 



We greatly appreciate the work of Danette Pratt in illustrating Fig. 1 and John Sattler in photographing Figs. 2 and 3. The manuscript also benefited from an especially careful review by one of the referees. This work was supported by NSF grant ANT 04-36190 to JTE.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard R. Eakin
    • 1
  • Joseph T. Eastman
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jesús Matallanas
    • 3
  1. 1.Guys MillsUSA
  2. 2.Department of Biomedical SciencesOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  3. 3.Unidad de Zoología, Facultad de CienciasUniversidad Autónoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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