A redescription of Stiphodon pulchellus (Herre, 1927) (Gobiidae: Sicydiinae)

Maeda K., Yoshino T., Tachihara K.

Published date: December 2011
Volume: 35
Number: 4
Pagination: 319–328
Publisher: Société Française d’Ichtyologie
doi: https://doi.org/10.26028/cybium/2011-354-005

Stiphodon pulchellus (Herre, 1927) is redescribed based on 29 specimens collected in the Philippines. In addition, a neotype is designated using a specimen collected by Herre near the type locality (Dumaguete, Negros Oriental) and identified by him. Stiphodon olivaceus Watson & Kottelat, 1995 is considered to be a junior synonym of S. pulchellus. Despite being strikingly similar to Stiphodon imperiorientis, S. pulchellus can be distinguished by the size, number, and arrangement of black spots on pectoral-fin rays.

Keywords: Neotype - Philippines - Redescription - Stiphodon imperiorientis - Stiphodon olivaceus - Stiphodon pulchellus
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