Hoplolatilus erdmanni, a new species of sand tilefish (Pisces: Malacanthidae) from western New Guinea

Gerald R. Allen

aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, pp. 101-106, Volume 12, Issue 3 – 10 July 2007

Hoplolatilus erdmanni is described on the basis of two specimens, 129.8-137.2 mm standard length, collected in the vicinity of Triton Bay, Irian Jaya Barat Province (western New Guinea), Indonesia. Approximately 15 individuals were observed on gentle rubble slopes at depths of 42 to 60 m. The fish were seen solitarily, in pairs, or in trios generally in close proximity to large rubble mounds, which they construct. It is most similar to H. fronticinctus, a wide-ranging Indo-west and central Pacific species. The new taxon differs in having fewer lateral-line scales as well as several colour pattern features that include about 15 to 17 reddish-brown bars on the side, an obliquely angled, blue-edged yellow-orange stripe behind the eye, a thin blue stripe across the operculum, a neon blue region across the entire caudal peduncle, and vivid red central caudal fin-rays. 

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