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Tripterygiid Fishes of New Caledonia, with Zoogeographical Remarks

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The Tripterygiidae of New Caledonia are revised and their zoogeographical relationships discussed. A total of 27 species is recognized from the territory; three species are recorded from New Caledonia for the first time [Enneapterygius howensis Fricke, 1997; Enneapterygius rhabdotus Fricke, 1994; Helcogramma trigloides (Bleeker, 1858)]. From Grande Terre, 26 species are known, with four species recorded for the first time. Seven species occur at the Ile des Pins (all new records); from the Chesterfield Islands, six species of tripterygiid fishes have been recorded; and from the Loyalty Islands, 17 species are known, with three species recorded from the island group for the first time: 15 species from Ouvéa, 11 species from Lifou (eight new records) and five species from Maré (three new records).

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Fricke, R. Tripterygiid Fishes of New Caledonia, with Zoogeographical Remarks. Environmental Biology of Fishes 65, 175–198 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1020076906430

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