First record of Randall's snapper Randallichthys filamentosus (Perciformes: Lujanidae) from the eastern Indian Ocean (north-western Australia)

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The rare Randall's snapper Randallichthys filamentosus is recorded here for the first time in the eastern Indian Ocean from Scott Reef, north-western Australia. A single specimen of R. filamentosus, measuring 495 mm fork length, was captured on 9 July 2006 at a depth of 211 m on the outer reef slopes of Scott Reef. The capture of this specimen indicates that this deepwater fish is more widely distributed than was previously acknowledged and further implies that this species has a dispersal capacity that extends across ocean boundaries.

Keywords: Australia; Scott Reef; dispersal; new record

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: October 1, 2009

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