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Records of Austrolethops wardi Whitley (Teleostei: Gobiidae) as an inhabitant of burrows of the thalassinid shrimp Neaxius acanthus in tropical seagrass beds of the Spermonde Archipelago, Sulawesi, Indonesia

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The occurrence of the gobiid Austrolethops wardi in seagrass beds at Bone Batang, a small island of the Spermonde Archipelago, south-west Sulawesi, Indonesia, is reported; the first record of A. wardi in Indonesia. All fish were found to be associated with burrows of the thalassinid shrimp Neaxius acanthus, where they were caught either as single specimens or as pairs. The main diagnostic characters of this rarely found gobiid are presented.
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Keywords: Austrolethops wardi; Indonesia; first record

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Wattenmeerstation Sylt, Hafenstrasse 43, D-25992 List, Sylt, Germany 2: Department of Theoretical Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna, Althanstrasse 14, A-1090 Vienna, Austria 3: Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, P. O. Box 9010, 6500 GL Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Publication date: 01 March 2008

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