Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 51, Issue 2, pp 166–172 | Cite as

Leptoclinus maculatus diaphanocarus (Schmidt, 1904) (Zoarcoidei: Stichaeidae) of the northen part of the Sea of Japan

  • A. A. Balanov
  • V. V. ZemnukhovEmail author
  • D. V. Antonenko


Juveniles of Leptoclinus maculatus diaphanocarus were observed in great numbers in netting of bottom trawl in the period from April 28 to May 7 2007 in the Tatar Strait. Metamorphosis of juveniles reached its end at the body length from 8.5 to 11.0 cm. It was accompanied by change of coloration. After transition to the bottom mode of life, the frequency of occurrence of specimens of this species in catches drastically decreased. Principal counts are estimated, with consideration of additional material from far eastern seas of Russia. Two groups of specimens which would correspond to the Pacific and the Atlantic subspecies sensu Andriashev are not found. It is suggested that, for determination of the actual taxonomic status of intraspecies groups of the species L. maculatus, additional comparative material on morphology and genetics is needed from different regions.


Leptoclinus maculatus diaphanocarus pelagic juveniles distribution counts the Tatar Strait 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Balanov
    • 1
  • V. V. Zemnukhov
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. V. Antonenko
    • 2
  1. 1.Zhirmunskii Institute of Marine Biology, Far East BranchRussian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia
  2. 2.Pacific Fisheries Research Center (TINRO-Center)VladivostokRussia

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