A new ghost flathead (Scorpaeniformes: Hoplichthyidae) from southwestern Australia


A new hoplichthyid species, Hoplichthys mcgroutheri, is described on the basis of six specimens (188–244 mm standard length) collected off southwestern Australia. It is clearly distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characters: dorsal-fin rays V-14; anal-fin rays 16–17, usually 16; pectoral-fin rays 13–14 + 4–5 = 17–18, usually 14 + 4 = 18; infraorbitals mostly spineless; scales present on dorsal surface of body; vomerine tooth patch constricted medially, mostly separating teeth into bilaterally symmetrical patches; interorbit narrow [interorbital width 5.8–6.8 % of head length (HL)]; and orbit relatively large (orbital diameter 41.8–44.9 % HL). The form of the vomerine tooth patch is unique to H. mcgroutheri in this genus.

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We are deeply indebted to M. Gomon (NMV) for his critical reading of this manuscript. We are most grateful to the following researchers and museum specialists for specimen loans and assistance during the first author’s visit to their institutions: M. McGrouther, A. Hay and S. Reader (AMS), M. Gomon and D. Bray (NMV), A. Graham and J. Pogonoski (CSIRO), K. Matsuura and G. Shinohara (NSMT), J. Williams, J. Finan, D. Smith and J. Clayton (USNM), Y. Kai (FAKU), T. Iwamoto and D. Catania (CAS), J. Maclaine and T. Heath (BMNH), H. Ho (NMMBP), and K. Shao and P. Lin (ASIZP). Our appreciation is also extended to A. Graham (CSIRO) for providing us color photographs of holotype. We express our gratitude to T. Kawai (HUMZ) for his generous support of this study and the two anonymous referees for providing valuable comments.

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Nagano, Y., Imamura, H. & Yabe, M. A new ghost flathead (Scorpaeniformes: Hoplichthyidae) from southwestern Australia. Ichthyol Res 62, 245–252 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-014-0432-9

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  • Hoplichthys mcgroutheri
  • Hoplichthyidae
  • New species
  • Australia