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Rediscovery of Anthias salmopunctatus Lubbock & Edwards, 1981, with comments on its natural history and conservation

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Abstract:

After c. 30 years without sighting or capture, Anthias salmopunctatus was rediscovered at the type locality, St Peter and St Paul’s Rocks, Mid-Atlantic Ridge. To date, the known distribution is restricted to depths varying from 35 to 55 m in vertical drop offs around the perimeter of the islands (c. 400 m). This may be the smallest geographic range known for a marine fish species.

Keywords: Mid-Atlantic Ridge; St Paul’s Rocks; deep reefs; endemic species; restricted range

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2007.01376.x

Affiliations: Departamento de Ecologia e Recursos Naturais, Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Ave. F. Ferrari, 514, Goiabeiras 29075-910, Vitória, ES, Brazil

Publication date: April 1, 2007

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