New Species and Expanded Ranges for Striped Hogfish
A new species of striped hogfish (Terelabrus toretore) has been described, adding to the four other species already within the genus. Two specimens of T. toretore
were found in 2019 during an ichthyological survey of mesophotic reefs
in French Polynesia. The species name, toretore, is a Tahitian word
meaning “striped,” in reference to the fish’s color pattern. In
addition to the new species, two other specimens of Terelabrus rubrovittatus
were collected the same year in the Marshall Islands, representing the
first record of the species in that region. The first documentation of Terelabrus zonalis
outside of the Philippines was made in 2020 from a specimen collected
in the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, along with the first
description of the species’ coloration. Finally, a phylogeny of the Terelabrus genus was made using mitochondrial DNA.
credited to Luiz Rocha ©California Academy of Sciences.
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