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Free Content Rediscovery and Redescription of the Caribbean Anomalopid Fish Kryptophanaron Alfredi Silvester and Fowler (Pisces: Anomalopidae)

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The Caribbean anomalopid fish Kryptophanaron alfredi is redescribed from one specimen collected off western Puerto Rico at 200-m depth, and six specimens from Grand Cayman Island taken in 30–36 m. These specimens differ from the original description in lacking vomerine teeth and in having only two anal spines. Live specimens are now being maintained in aquaria. White scales at the bases of the second dorsal and anal fins may serve as “reflectors.” The species is easily distinguished from its eastern Pacific relative K. harveyi Rosenblatt and Montgomery, in having more ventral scutes (7–9 versus 13) and smaller scales (ca. 120–140 scale rows along the back vs. ca. 80).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 1979

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