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Taxonomic status of two nominal species of Tetraroge (Perciformes: Tetrarogidae): Tetraroge albifrons Duncker and Mohr 1929 and Tetraroge bellona De Vis 1884

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The taxonomic status of two waspfishes (Perciformes: Tetrarogidae) are revised. The lectotype of Tetraroge albifrons Duncker and Mohr 1929, previously regarded as a junior synonym of Tetraroge barbata (Cuvier in Cuvier and Valenciennes 1829), is confirmed as Tetraroge nigra (Cuvier in Cuvier and Valenciennes 1829), due to the absence of a pair of barbels on the anterior tip of the lower jaw. Although Tetraroge bellona De Vis 1884 has previously been regarded as a junior synonym of Centropogon australis (Shaw in White 1790), the holotype of the former is confirmed as Notesthes robusta (Günther 1860), the only member of the genus Notesthes Ogilby 1903.

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Acknowledgments

We are especially grateful to E. Dondorp (RMNH), and L. Goodayle and J. Maclaine (BMNH) for providing photographs of the type specimens of Apistus barbatus and Centropogon robustus, respectively; P. Pruvost, R. Causse, Z. Gabsi, L.-M. Duque Vélez, and P. Béarez (MNHN), A. Palandacic (NMW), J. Johnson (QM), M. Allen (WAM), and R. Thiel (ZMH) for providing opportunities to examine specimens; and H. Hata (NSMT) for providing literature. We are grateful also to G. Hardy (Ngunguru, New Zealand) for reading the manuscript and providing help with English. This study was supported in part by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers 20H03311, 21H03651 and 21K14905, the JSPS Core-to-Core CREPSUM JPJSCCB20200009, and the “Establishment of Glocal Research and Education Network in the Amami Islands” project of Kagoshima University adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan.

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Matsunuma, M., Chungthanawong, S. & Motomura, H. Taxonomic status of two nominal species of Tetraroge (Perciformes: Tetrarogidae): Tetraroge albifrons Duncker and Mohr 1929 and Tetraroge bellona De Vis 1884. Ichthyol Res (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10228-022-00859-0

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Keywords

  • Tetraroge nigra
  • Notesthes robusta
  • Taxonomy
  • Synonym