First record of two rocky reef fishes from mainland Ecuador: Halichoeres chierchiae (Labridae) and Ostracion meleagris (Ostraciidae)

Philippe Béarez, Jean-Thomas Bujard, María-Cecilia Terán and Roberto Campoverde

aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, pp. 131-134, Volume 8, Issue 3 – June 2004


Two reef fishes are recorded for the first time from Ecuador. Both have been captured over rocky bottoms covered with gorgonians, along the coast of central-south Ecuador. The previous southernmost distribution limits known were Colombia or the Galápagos Islands for Halichoeres chierchiae, and Panama or Galápagos for Ostracion meleagris. The question of their origin is mentioned.

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