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Free Content Pelagocephalus Marki, a New Species of Puffer Fish (Tetraodontidae) from South Africa

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A new species of puffer fish (Pisces: Teleostei) is described from three specimens collected on the eastern coast of the Cape Province. This new species is closely related to Pelagocephalus coheni Tyler and Paxton, 1979 from Norfolk Island. Both species are small puffers with a peculiar, disc-shaped exposed nasal organ and a parasphenoid bone with paired ventrolateral flanges. The new species differs most notably from P. coheni in lacking a lateral line and in the size and distribution of the dermal spines.

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Publication date: 1981-10-01

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