Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 231–245 | Cite as

Revision of the genus Poromitra (Melamphaidae): Part 6. Species of the P. megalops group

  • A. N. KotlyarEmail author


Species of the genus Poromitra belonging to the P. megalops group are considered on a large collection material. These species are characterized by small sizes (up to 6 cm), oblong body, elongated caudal peduncle, large eyes, four scales on the cheek, bony crests of the anterior margin of the praeoperculum located at a right angle towards each other, and other features. Until recently it was considered that P. megalops (Lütken) has a circumtropical range. This study demonstrated that P. megalops occurs only in the Atlantic Ocean. In the Indian Ocean and the central part of the Pacific Ocean, P. macrophthalma (Gilchrist) dwells. A new species P. jucunda Kotlyar sp. nova is described from the eastern and central parts of the Pacific Ocean. A key to 22 known species of the genus Poromitra is provided at the end of the paper.

Key words

Melamphaidae Poromitra systematics revision distribution 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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