Zoological Studies

Vol. 46 No. 2, 2007

A New Species of Tryssogobius (Teleostei, Gobiidae) from Hainan Island, China and Taiwan

Helen K. Larson1 and I-Shiung Chen2,*

1Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, PO Box 4646, Darwin, NT 0801, Australia. E-mail:helen.larson@nt.gov.au
2Institute of Marine Biology, National Taiwan Ocean University, 2 Pei-Ning Road, Keelung 202, Taiwan. E-mail:isc@mail.ntou.edu.tw; iscfish@yahoo.com.tw

Helen K. Larson and I-Shiung Chen (2006) A new species of Tryssogobius is described from 9 specimens trawled from off Hainan I., China and southern Taiwan at depths of 18-100 m. The species is distinguished from all other known species (5 described and several undescribed) by possessing preopercular pores and two pores over the opercle, as well as having differences in fin ray counts, body shape, and coloration. The live color pattern differs from all other species known in that most of the spotting is on the body, as opposed to the fins. Almost no information is available on its habitat.

Key words: Gobiidae, New species, Taiwan, China, Tryssogobius.

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