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Free Content Terelabrus rubrovittatus, a new genus and species of labrid fish from New Caledonia and New Guinea

Terelabrus rubrovittatus is described as a new genus and species of labrid fish from a 87-mm male specimen collected in 100 m off New Caledonia and a 32-mm juvenile from 92 m off eastern Papua New Guinea. This wrasse is distinct from all labrid fishes by the following set of characters: body elongate, the depth 6.2–6.3 in SL; head and anterior body cylindrical; eye large, 3.55–4.2 in head length; interorbital space nearly flat, 5.0–5.5 in head length; two pairs of large, well-spaced, recurved canine teeth anteriorly in each jaw; remaining conical teeth uniserial and small except for canine at corner of mouth: dorsal rays X,11; lateral line continuous and smoothly curved, the pored scales 42–43: and a distinctive red-striped color pattern.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1998

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