Vol. 58, 2019
(update: 2019.04.25; 05.22)
Resurrection and Re-description
of Pampus candidus (Cuvier),
Silver Pomfret from the Northern Indian Ocean
Divya1,*, Rahul G. Kumar1,
Chelat Mohitha1, C.P. Rajool Shanis2, K. K.
Bineesh3, V. S. Basheer1, and A. Gopalakrishnan4
and Marine Fish Genetic Resources, National Bureau of Fish Genetic
Resources, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute campus,
P.B.No.1603, Ernakulam North, P.O., Kochi 682 018, Kerala, India.
*Correspondence: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
2M.E.S. Ponnani College, Ponnani, Kerala,
3Andaman and Nicobar Regional Centre,
Zoological Survey of India (ZSI), Andamans, India
4Central Marine Fisheries Research
Institute, P.B.No.1603, Ernakulam North, P.O., Kochi 682 018, Kerala,
Received 6 January 2019 / Accepted 9 April 2019
Communicated by Hin-Kiu Mok
are commercially important fish in the Indo-Pacific region. The
systematics of this genus is complicated because of morphological
similarities between species. The silver pomfret from Indian waters has
long been considered to be Pampus
Morphological and molecular examination of specimens from the Arabian
Sea and Bay of Bengal regions suggested the silver pomfret from the
region represents two species that are distinct both from each other
from P. argenteus from the
South China Sea. Based on detailed morphological, meristic and
molecular examinations, the most common species from the Indian Ocean
was found to correspond with the descriptions of Stromateus candidus (Cuvier), which
is resurrected from the synonymy of P.
argenteus and redescribed here as Pampus candidus
(new combination). The second species, which has restricted
distribution in Indian waters needs further studies to arrive at
taxonomic conclusions and is hence not described in the current study.
Lectotypes are also designated for Pampus
Key words: Pampus argenteus, India,
Resurrection, Morphology, Stromateus
PR, Kumar RG, Mohitha C, Rajool Shanis CP, Bineesh KK, Basheer VS,
Gopalakrishnan A. 2019. Resurrection and re-description of Pampus candidus (Cuvier), silver
pomfret from the northern Indian Ocean. Zool Stud 58:7. doi:10.6620/ZS.2019.58-07.