Stiphodon oatea, a new species of freshwater goby (Gobioidei: Sicydiinae) from Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Keith P., Feunteun E., Vigneux E.

Published date: December 2009
Volume: 33
Number: 4
Pagination: 327–334
Publisher: Société Française d'Ichtyologie

Stiphodon oatea, a new goby species, is described on the basis of material collected from Tahuata, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. It has 9 segmented rays in the second dorsal fin, usually 14 pectoral rays, 40-49 tricuspid premaxillary teeth, 2-3 symphyseal teeth, and it is distinguished from all other congeners in having a higher number of lateral and predorsal scales, longer fins in males and a stocky body. Males have yellow green colours on head and back, bright red dorsal, caudal and anal fins, and 8 to 10 vertical brown stripes on flanks; females are greyish to brownish.

Keywords: French Polynesia - freshwater - Gobioidei - Marquesas - New species - Sicydiinae - Stiphodon oatea
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