Journal of Ichthyology

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 19–30 | Cite as

Revision of the genus Melamphaes (Melamphaidae). 5. Oligo-raker species: M. indicus, M. eurous, and M. typhlops

  • A. N. Kotlyar


Three oligo-raker species (⩽19 rakers on the first gill arch) of the genus Melamphaes out of the “M. typhlops” group are considered. The validity of M. indicus Ebeling is restored. This species inhabits equatorial and tropical waters of the Indian Ocean and the western part of the Pacific Ocean. M. eurous sp. n., which is related to M. indicus, is described from equatorial waters of the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean. M. typhlops (Lowe) inhabiting the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean, from the equatorial zone about to 45° N, is redescribed.


Melamphaidae revision taxonomy oligo-raker species Melamphaes indicus M. eurous M. typhlops 


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  1. 1.Shirshov Institute of OceanologyRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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