New distributional records of three deepwater cardinalfishes Epigonus angustifrons, E. denticulatus, and E. exodon (Perciformes: Epigonidae) in the South Indian Ocean

Okamoto M., Chen W.J., Motomura H.

Published date: June 2020
Volume: 44
Number: 2
Pagination: 165-168
Publisher: Société Française d’Ichtyologie
doi: https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2020-442-008
Abstract

Two specimens (189.7-210.3 mm in standard length: SL) of Epigonus angustifrons Abramov & Manilo, 1987 and two specimens (120.2-138.6 mm SL) of E. denticulatus Dieuzeide, 1950 (Epigonidae) were collected from the St. Paul Seamount, central South Indian Ocean. Also, a single specimen (131.0 mm SL) of E. exodon Okamoto & Motomura, 2012 was collected off Mayotte, Comoros Archipelago, western South Indian Ocean. These specimens represent the first records of the three species from the two mentioned areas. The present specimen of E. exodon is the third specimen collected since the original description and new morphological data for the species based on this additional specimen are provided.

Keywords: Comoro Islands - Deepwater cardinalfish - Epigonus - First record - Indian Ocean - Perciformes
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