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Volume 27, Issue 3 – 30 September 2021

Jayasimhan Praveenraj, Tejas Thackeray, Anil Mohapatra, Annam Pavan-Kumar: Rakthamichthys mumba, a new species of Hypogean eel (Teleostei: Synbranchidae) from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, pp. 93-102

 

 

 

 

 

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Volume 27, Issue 3 – 30 September 2021

Jayasimhan Praveenraj, Tejas Thackeray, Anil Mohapatra, Annam Pavan-Kumar: Rakthamichthys mumba, a new species of Hypogean eel (Teleostei: Synbranchidae) from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, pp. 93-102

Abstract

Rakthamichthys mumba a new species of synbranchid, hypogean, eel is described from Mumbai City, Maharashtra, India, based on morphological and genetic analysis. It differs from all other species of the genus Rakthamichthys by a combination of characters viz., absence of eyes, jaws equal in forward extent, gill aperture crescentric shaped, cephalic-lateralis system distinct with prominent cephalic pores and a vertebral count of 164 (80-83 preanal + 81-84 caudal vertebrae). The new species differs from a pair-wise sequence of 21.6-22.8% in the COI gene sequence from other members of the genus Rakthamichthys.