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24(2)_Pentapodus berryae

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Volume 24, Issue 2 – 03 September 2018

Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann and William M. Brooks: Pentapodus berryae, a new species of Whiptail (Pisces: Nemipteridae) from Papua New Guinea, pp. 81-88

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SINGLE PAPER
Volume 24, Issue 2 – 03 September 2018

Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann and William M. Brooks: Pentapodus berryae, a new species of Whiptail (Pisces: Nemipteridae) from Papua New Guinea, pp. 81-88

Abstract

Pentapodus berryae is described from 4 specimens, 121.2-133.4 mm SL, collected from Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Diagnostic features include an emarginate caudal fin without filamentous lobes, scaled suborbital, no enlarged caniniform teeth in the lower jaw, second anal spine shorter but slightly more robust than third anal spine, eye diameter greater than snout length, 2.9–3.1 in head length, lower limb of preopercle with three rows of scales, lateral-line scales 45-49, pectoral-fin rays 17, pelvic fins relatively short, not reaching level of anus, and mainly blue colour with broad yellow stripe on head and anterior two-thirds of body. It is most similar to the sympatric P. aureofasciatus and P. trivittatus, but differs in lacking enlarged canines in the lower jaw and in having a larger eye. The habitat consists of steep outer reef slopes below about 60 m depth.