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A review of the genus Malakichthys Döderlein (Perciformes: Acropomatidae) with the description of a new species

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Malakichthys Döderlein, 1883, comprises seven species: type species Malakichthys griseus Döderlein 1883, from southern Japan to north‐western Australia; Malakichthys barbatus Yamanoue & Yoseda, 2001, from southern Japan, the South China Sea, north‐western Australia and the Coral Sea; Malakichthys elegans Matsubara & Yamaguti, 1943, from southern Japan south to the Arafura Sea; Malakichthys levis Yamanoue & Matsuura, 2001, from northern Australia; Malakichthys mochizuki Yamanoue & Matsuura, 2001, from the Coral Sea; Malakichthys similis sp. nov. from the Bohol Sea, Philippines; Malakichthys wakiyae Jordan & Hubbs, 1925, from southern Japan and Taiwan. Species of Malakichthys are very similar to each other in general appearance but are distinguishable by spination on the lower jaw, features of the proximal‐middle radial of the first anal‐fin pterygiophore, the number of anal‐fin soft rays and body depth.

Keywords: Acropomatidae; Malakichthys; Malakichthys similis; new species; taxonomic review

Document Type: Regular Paper


Affiliations: Department of Zoology, National Science Museum, 3-23-1 Hyakunin-cho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0073, Japan

Publication date: August 1, 2004


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