Siganus woodlandi, new species of rabbitfish (Siganidae) from New Caledonia

Randall J.E., Kulbicki M.

Date de parution: avril 2005
Volume: 29
Number: 2
Pagination: 185-189
Editeur: Société Française d’Ichtyologie

The rabbitfish Siganus woodlandi, first identified as Siganus sp. by Fourmanoir and Laboute (1976), is described as a new species from three specimens, 204-252 mm standard length, from New Caledonia. It has also been misidentified as S. argenteus because of its similarity in colour pattern and caudal-fin shape to this species. It differs principally from argenteus in having a deeper body (depth 2.35-2.4 in SL, compared to 2.5-2.95 for argenteus), steeper and more concave dorsal head profile, 6-7 instead of 4-6 upper-limb gill rakers, and more suborbital scales. A rabbitfish recently illustrated in Japanese publications as Siganus sp. seems to be either S. woodlandi or a very closely related species.

Mots-clés: ISW - New Caledonia - New species - Siganidae - Siganus woodlandi
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