Ichthyological Research

, Volume 48, Issue 2, pp 187–191 | Cite as

Redescription of the festive snailfish, Liparis marmoratus (Scorpaeniformes: Liparidae), with a new record from the northern Bering Sea

  • Morgan S. Busby
  • Natalia V. Chernova
Short Report


The liparid fish Liparis marmoratus is redescribed based on examination of two syntypes and two additional specimens. Liparis marmoratus is distinguished from other Sea of Okhotsk and Bering Sea Liparis by having a wide head, small mouth, short blunt snout, closely set chin pores, small gill opening, a firm body with slightly developed subcutaneous gelatinous tissue, a nearly horizontal dorsal body profile, and unique body markings and coloration. Liparis marmoratus was previously known only from the Sea of Okhotsk. A Liparis specimen collected near St. Lawrence Island in the northern Bering Sea was compared to the type series and determined to be L. marmoratus.

Key words Redescription Liparidae Liparis marmoratus Distribution 


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© The Ichthyological Society of Japan 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Morgan S. Busby
    • 1
  • Natalia V. Chernova
    • 2
  1. 1. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering Division, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 4, Seattle, WA 98115, USA (e-mail:
  2. 2. Department of Ichthyology, Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Universitetskaya nab. 1, St. Petersburg, 199034, Russia (e-mail:

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