The Silver Pomfret from Northern
Indian Ocean is not Pampus argenteus
The silver pomfret from Northern Indian Ocean has
long been considered to be Pampus
argenteus. 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 which are distinct from
each other and 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.
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