Advertisement

Two new species of the waspfish genus Ablabys (Scorpaeniformes: Tetrarogidae) from the western Pacific Ocean

  • Sirikanya Chungthanawong
  • Hiroyuki Motomura
Full Paper

Abstract

Two new waspfish (Tetrarogidae) species, Ablabys pauciporus sp. nov. and A. gymnothorax sp. nov., are described on the basis of three specimens from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia and four specimens from Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam, respectively. Although A. pauciporus and Ablabys taenianotus (Cuvier 1829) both share counts of 4 or 5 anal-fin soft rays with a short fin base and 11 or 12 pectoral-fin rays, the former has distinctly lower counts of body scales, including number of lateral-line pores (12 or 13 vs. 20–25 in the latter), strongly notched interspinous dorsal-fin membranes (vs. weakly notched or unnotched), and some differing morphometrics (including head depth, orbit diameter and pelvic-fin length) and coloration. Ablabys gymnothorax is most similar to Ablabys macracanthus (Bleeker 1852) in having more than 7 anal-fin soft rays with a long fin base, but differs from the latter in having a naked thorax (vs. scaled), the last dorsal-fin soft ray with a continuous basal membrane to the dorsal edge of the caudal peduncle and the basal upper margin of the caudal fin (vs. not continuous with caudal fin), higher counts of dorsal- and anal-fin rays, body scales and gill rakers, and in some morphometrics. Tetraroge vestitus De Vis 1884, previously considered as a junior synonym of A. taenianotus, is regarded here as a junior synonym of Centropogon marmoratus Günther 1862.

Keywords

Ablabys pauciporus Ablabys gymnothorax Synonym Taxonomy Description 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We are especially grateful to M. McGrouther, A. Hay and S. Reader (AMS), J. Maclaine (BMNH), Y. Kai (FAKU), S. Kimura (FRLM), H.-C. Ho and K. Koeda (NMMB), M. Nakae (NSMT), J. Johnson (QM), R. Bills and O. Gon (SAIAB), and P. Bartsch (ZMB) for providing opportunities to examine specimens, J. Johnson (QM) for providing color photographs of A. pauciporus, T. Sado (CMNH) for providing results of DNA analysis, J. Johnson and staff of QM, M. Itou, Y. Haraguchi and other volunteers and students of KAUM for curatorial assistance, and G. S. Hardy (Ngunguru, New Zealand) for reading the manuscript and providing help with English. All specimens of A. pauciporus were collected during the Great Barrier Reef Seabed Biodiversity Project, a collaboration between the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), CSIRO, Queensland Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries (QDPIF), and QM; funded by the CRC Reef Research Centre, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, and the National Oceans Office; and lead by R. Pitcher (CSIRO), P. Doherty (AIMS), J. Hooper (QM) and N. Gribble (QDPIF). We also wish to thank the field team lead by D. Gledhill (CSIRO) and the crew of the FRV Gwendoline May. This study was supported in part by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers JP19770067, JP26241027, JP24370041, JP23580259, and JP26450265; the JSPS Core-to-Core Program: B Asia-Africa Science Platforms; the “Biological Properties of Biodiversity Hotspots in Japan” project of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tsukuba, Japan; “Establishment of Research and Education Network on Biodiversity and Its Conservation in the Satsunan Islands” project of Kagoshima University adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan; and the “Island Research” project of Kagoshima University.

References

  1. Ahlstrom EH, Butler JL, Sumida BY (1976) Pelagic stromateoid fishes (Pisces, Perciformes) of the eastern Pacific: kinds, distributions, and early life histories and observations on five of these from the northwest Atlantic. Bull Mar Sci 26:285–402Google Scholar
  2. Blanc M, Hureau JC (1968) Catalogue critique des types de poissons du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (poissons a joues cuirassées). Publ Div Mus Natl Hist Nat 23:1–71Google Scholar
  3. Bleeker P (1852) Bijdrage tot de kennis der ichthijologische fauna van de Moluksche Eilanden. Visschen van Amboina en Ceram. Nat Tijdschr Ned Indië 3:229–309Google Scholar
  4. Bleeker P (1876) Mémoire sur les espèces insulindiennes de la famille des Scorpénoïdes. Versl Akad Amst 16 (2): 1–100Google Scholar
  5. Bleeker P (1878) Atlas ichthyologique des Indes Orientales Néêrlandaises: publié sous les auspices du gouvernement colonial Néêrlandais. Vol 9. Frédéric Muller, AmsterdamGoogle Scholar
  6. Cuvier G (1829) Le règne animal, distribué d’après son organisation, pour servir de base à l’histoire naturelle des animaux et d’introduction à l’anatomie comparée. Edition 2. Vol 2. Chez Déterville, ParisGoogle Scholar
  7. Day F (1878) The fishes of India; being a natural history of the fishes known to inhabit the seas and fresh waters of India, Burma, and Ceylon. Vols 1, 2. Bernard Quaritch, LondonGoogle Scholar
  8. De Vis CW (1884) Fishes from South Sea Islands. Proc Linn Soc NSW 8:445–457Google Scholar
  9. Eschmeyer WN, Fricke R, van der Lann R (eds) (2018) Catalog of fishes: genera, species, references. Online version, updated 2 July 2018. https://www.calacademy.org/scientists/projects/catalog-of-fishes.asp. Accessed 20 July 2018
  10. Fowler HW (1934) Zoological results of the third De Schauensee Siamese Expedition part 1: Fishes. Proc Acad Nat Sci Phila 86:67–163Google Scholar
  11. Fricke R (1999) Fishes of the Mascarene Islands (Réunion, Mauritius, Rodriguez): an annotated checklist with descriptions of new species. Koeltz Scientific Books, KoenigsteinGoogle Scholar
  12. Fricke R, Allen, GR, Andréfouët S, Chen WJ, Hamel MA, Laboute P, Mana R, Tan HH, Uyeno D (2014) Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of Madang District, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 820 new records. Zootaxa 3832:1–247CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Günther A (1860) Catalogue of the acanthopterygian fishes in the collection of the British Museum (Natural History). Vol 2. Squamipinnes, Cirrhitidae, Triglidae, Trachinidae, Sciaenidae, Polynemidae, Sphyraenidae, Trichiuridae, Scombridae, Carangidae, Xiphiidae. British Museum, LondonGoogle Scholar
  14. Günther A (1862) Descriptions of new species of reptiles and fishes in the collection of the British Museum. Proc. Zool. Soc. Lond 1862:188–194CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Hubrecht AA (1879) Catalogue des collections formées et laissées par M.-P. Bleeker. De Breuk & Smits, LeidenGoogle Scholar
  16. Kaup JJ (1873) Ueber die familie Triglidae nebst einigen worten über die classification. Arch Arturg 39:71–94Google Scholar
  17. Lacepède BGE (1802) Histoire naturelle des poissons. Vol 4. Plassan, ParisGoogle Scholar
  18. Liénard F (1843) Poissons. Rapp A Trav Soc Hist Nat Ile Maurice 13:57–95Google Scholar
  19. Motomura H (2004a) New species of scorpionfish, Scorpaena cocosensis (Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) from the Cocos Islands, Costa Rica, eastern Pacific Ocean. Copeia 2004:818–824CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Motomura H (2004b) Revision of the scorpionfish genus Neosebastes (Scorpaeniformes: Neosebastidae), with descriptions of five new species. Indo-Pac Fish 37:1–76Google Scholar
  21. Motomura H, Last PR, Johnson, JW (2008) Review of the waspfish genus Liocranium (Scorpaeniformes: Tetrarogidae), with restoration of L. pleurostigma (Weber). Zootaxa 1820:27–40Google Scholar
  22. Peters W (1855) Uebersicht der in Mossambique beobachteten Fische. Arch Nat 21:234–282, pls. 2, 3Google Scholar
  23. Poss SG (1999) Scorpaenidae. Scorpionfishes (also, lionfishes, rockfishes, stingfishes, stonefishes, and waspfishes). In: Carpenter KE, Niem VH (eds) FAO species identification guide for fisheries purposes. The living marine resources of the western central Pacific, vol 4. Bony fishes part 2 (Mugilidae to Carangidae). FAO, Rome, pp 2291–2352Google Scholar
  24. Prokofiev AM (2008) Scorpionfishes of families Apistidae, Tetrarogidae, and Aploactinidae of Nha Trang Bay (South China Sea, Central Vietnam). J Ichthyol 48:301–312CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Randall JE, Eschmeyer WN (2002, dated as 2001) Revision of the Indo-Pacific scorpionfish genus Scorpaenopsis, with descriptions of eight new species. Indo-Pac Fish 34:1–79Google Scholar
  26. Randall JE, Spreinat A (2004) The subadult of the labrid fish Novaculoides macrolepidotus, a mimic of waspfishes of the genus Ablabys. Aqua, J Ichthyol Aquatic Biol 8:45–48Google Scholar
  27. Sabaj MH (2016) Standard symbolic codes for institutional resources in herpetology and ichthyology: an online reference. Version 6.5, 16 August 2016. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Washington, DC. http://www.asih.org/. Accessed 8 June 2018
  28. Sauvage HE (1891) Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar. Vol 16. Histoire naturelle des poissons. Imprimerie Nationale, ParisGoogle Scholar
  29. Whitley GP (1958) Descriptions and records of fishes. Proc R Zool Soc NSW 77:28–51Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Ichthyological Society of Japan 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The United Graduate School of Agricultural SciencesKagoshima UniversityKagoshimaJapan
  2. 2.The Kagoshima University MuseumKagoshimaJapan

Personalised recommendations