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Volume 25, Issue 2 – 15 April 2019

Volume 25, Issue 2 – 15 April 2019
New Scientific publication – started delivery on April 15, 2019

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John E. Randall and Jeffrey W. Johnson: Diodon bocagei (Steindachner, 1866), a valid species of porcupinefish (Tetraodontidae: Diodontidae), from New South Wales, Australia, pp. 45-48

The porcupinefish Diodon bocagei (Steindachner), type locality Port Jackson, NSW, Australia, is resurrected from the synonymy of Diodon holocanthus Linnaeus. It is distinguished by its narrow body (width 3.25 in SL); second row of spines dorsally on head, the longest, 5.4 in SL, base of dorsal fin entirely anterior to origin of anal fin, and color pattern. The species is presently known from only from the holotype in the Natural History Museum in Vienna.

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Photograph of right side of holotype of Diodon bocagei, reversed here in order to more readily make comparisons with other specimens of the genus. Photo by A. Palandacic.

Paolo Parenti: Annotated checklist of fishes of the family Polyprionidae, pp. 49-52

An annotated checklist of the wreckfishes and jewfishes of the world is presented. The list includes 21 nominal species and five nominal genera. Two genera each with two species are recognized as valid. Notognidion Rafinesque is here regarded as a new synonym of Polyprion Oken and Notognidion scirenga Rafinesque as a new synonym of Polyprion americanus (Bloch & Schneider). A list of unavailable names is also included.

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Polyprion americanus. Photo by P. N. Duarte (c) ImagDOP/Univ. Açores.

John E. Randall, Caroline S. Rogers & John C. Ogden: The Circumtropical Swarm Population of the Longspined Porcupinefish (Diodon holocanthus Linnaeus), pp. 53-80

Evidence is presented that Diodon holocanthus is a circumtropical swarm (not a hybrid swarm because the individuals are not hybrids). Some individuals are so different
from one another in both color and morphology that they appear to be different species. Thirty undersea and aquarium photographs from different global localities are provided to demonstrate the variability. The worldwide distribution is achieved by the juvenile that has been found more than 1,000 km offshore as large as 90 mm SL. How can it feed on zooplankton with jaws and dentition designed to crush shelled invertebrates? We believe it draws the prey into the mouth with the same mechanism that it uses to expand its body when threatened; the water with prey isdiverted to the pharyngeal cavity, then released from the gill opening on each side. Larger juveniles may seek concentrations of zooplankton for feeding, perhaps collectively. A confirming experiment in an aquarium is advised. Aggregations of pelagic juveniles have been observed at the surface outside barrier reefs and found inshore the following morning, indicating that settlement took place at night to minimize predation. The juveniles soon disperse to inshore habitats of mangrove and sea grass to coral reef. The hybrid Diodon holocanthus x D. hystrix from South Africa is illustrated. The narrative for the present research on D. holocanthus is presented chronologically to show how increasing evidence failed to support the multitude of apparent new species of Diodon, leading to the conclusion of a swarm.

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Diodon holocanthus from Queensland. Photo by N. Coleman.

Paolo Parenti: Hapalogenyidae, a new family of Percomorpha fishes, pp. 81-83

Il nome Hapalogenyidae o Hapalogeniidae è largamente usato nella letteratura recente. Tuttavia, il nome è apparentemente un nome nudo. Per rendere disponibile il nome viene qui esposto un resoconto tassonomico.

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Hapalogenys nigripinnis (Temminck & Schlegel, 1843). Photo by T. Suzuki, Ph. D. 1-2-16-405, Shinden, Kawanishi, Hyogo 666-0125.

Obituary of Dr. Renny K. Hadiaty, pp. 84

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