A new species of Halieutaea (Teleostei: Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae) with a revised identification key for the genus

Abstract :

A new batfish species, Halieutaea xenoderma, is described from the northern part of the Tasman Sea. It is unique within the genus in possessing of the multicuspid spinules on the whole dorsal and ventral surface of the disc and on the tail. The new species is further characterized by the slender erect thorn-like spines restricted to the margins of the illicial cavity, to the sides and posterior margin of the disc and to the dorsal surface of the tail; by the short tail (30.8 % SL) and long caudal fin (46.15 % SL), and by the rostrum overhanging mouth. Some diagnostic characters of the recently described species H. dromedaria are corrected, and a revised identification key for all known species of the genus is provided.

Keyword :

Batfishes, new species, eastern Australia, key to species

Author(s) : Prokofiev, A. M.
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Published Issue : 2020 Vol. 15 Number 2

2020 Vol. 15 Number 2