A new species of the clingfish genus Kopua (Gobiesociformes: Gobiesocidae) from Japan

Abstract

A new clingfish, Kopua vermiculata, is described on the basis of a single specimen collected from ca. 100 m depth off the Pacific coast of Honshu Island, Japan. The new species is distinguished from its congeners by having the following characters: dorsal fin rays 7; anal fin rays 6; segmented caudal fin rays 15; upper procurrent caudal rays associated with both neural spine of second preural centrum and epural; vertebrae 35; nasal pores 1; lacrymal pores 3; mandibular pores 3; predorsal length about 60 % of standard length; body whitish with distinct reddish-orange blotches on body; no reddish-orange stripes on cheek; belly whitish. A key to the species of Kopua is provided.

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Acknowledgments

We are grateful to Hisanori Kohtsuka (Misaki Marine Biological Station, the University of Tokyo) for supplying the holotype specimen, Carl Struthers (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa) for color information on Kopua nuimata, and Rudie Kuiter and Mark McGrouther (Australian Museum, Sydney), and Makoto Okamoto (Seikai National Fisheries Research Institute, Nagasaki) for permission to use unpublished color images of Kopua kuiteri and Kopua japonica, respectively. Satoru Chiba (NSMT) assisted in the preparation of Fig. 1. Graham Hardy (Ngunguru, New Zealand) helped with English language corrections and provided valuable suggestions. This study was partly supported by MEXT KAKENHI Grant number 24120001.

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Correspondence to Gento Shinohara.

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This article was registered in the Official Register of Zoological Nomenclature (ZooBank) as 3891ACCC-F313-4C55-B814-3314B7C4550C.

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Shinohara, G., Katayama, E. A new species of the clingfish genus Kopua (Gobiesociformes: Gobiesocidae) from Japan. Ichthyol Res 62, 431–438 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-015-0456-9

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Keywords

  • Japan
  • Gobiesocidae
  • Gobiesociformes
  • New species
  • Sagami-nada Sea