First record of five fish species from Réunion Island observed during the inventory of the Marine Natural Zones of Interest for Ecology, Flora and Fauna (ZNIEFF)

Pinault M., Wickel J., Mulochau T., Nicet J.B., Fricke R.

Date de parution: décembre 2018
Volume: 42
Number: 4
Pagination: 386-390
Editeur: Société Française d'Ichtyologie
doi: 10.26028/cybium/2018-424-013
Résumé

This paper reports the first record of five species of marine fishes from Reunion Island, identified during biodiversity surveys carried out within the framework of the Marine Natural Zones of Interest for Ecology, Flora and Fauna (ZNIEFF). These species: Fusigobius inframaculatus(Randall, 1994), Fusigobius neophytus(Günther, 1877), Samariscus triocellatusWoods, 1960, Trichonotus marleyi(Smith, 1936) and Zapogon evermanni(Jordan and Snyder, 1904) were all photographed within non-reef habitats, despite the sampling of many reef and non-reef habitats of the island of significant ecological interest. This study confirms the hypothesis that more sustained sampling of non-reef and deep-sea habitats on the island would likely still allow the record of many new species.

Mots-clés: Coral reef - Geographic distribution - New species - Range extension - Tropical marine ichthyofauna - Underwater visual census
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