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Free Content New Eel Genus, Cirrimaxilla, and Description of the Type Species, Cirrimaxilla Formosa (Pisces: Muraenidae) from Southern Taiwan

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A new genus, Cirrimaxilla, belonging to Uropterygiinae is described here on the basis of the new type species, Cirrimaxilla formosa collected from southern Taiwan. Cirrimaxilla is distinguished from other genera of Muraenidae by having the following characters: many cirri on both jaws, lower jaw protruding, rim of posterior nostrils petal-like, hooked fang-like teeth, obscure branchial pore, and small adult size. C. formosa is characterized by having a relatively large mouth, sharp snout, shorter tail length, 132 total vertebrae, 76 preanus vertebrae, dorsal-fin origin above 114th vertebra, anal-fin origin below 117th vertebra, and body tawny with numerous brown tiger-like bands.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 1995-09-01

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