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Russian Journal of Marine Biology, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2005, pp. 126–127.
Original Russian Text Copyright © 2005 by Biologiya Morya, Sokolovskii, Sokolovskaya.
On May 28, 2004, during a control sampling at a
light station in Vostok Bay, one specimen of the cubed
(Gilbert et Burke, 1912)
was captured with a close-meshed hand net. The speci-
men was 87 mm long and swam slowly in the illumi-
nated area, close to the water surface. The depth at the
sampling point was 1 m deep; the water temperature
In Russian waters, this species can be referred to as
a comparatively rare one. Sufﬁce it to say that until
now, judging from the materials of Russian taxono-
mists , only two records of
reported: in Mordvinova Bay, Sea of Okhotsk (Septem-
ber 2, 1947) and in the South Kuril Strait (September 4,
1947). The cited authors did not list this species for
Peter the Great Bay. Meanwhile, a Japanese ichthyolo-
gist Kido , performing a comprehensive revision of
the family Liparidae from the waters of Japan and adja-
cent areas, has determined that even before the original
from specimens sampled
by Gilbert and Burke in the waters of southeastern Hok-
kaido  this species was already known from the
waters of Peter the Great Bay [2, 4]. However, Russian
scientists identiﬁed the latter at that time as
Ayres, 1855, a species described from the waters of
the northeastern Paciﬁc, whose countable characteris-
tics are similar to those in
from the information presented by Kido, we have
in the list of ﬁshes of Peter the
Great Bay , although some doubt still remained.
This species is well distinguished by the following
characteristic features: tail ﬁn is fused with dorsal and
anal ﬁns along 3/4 of its length; branchial slit is wide,
its lower margin is at the level of rays 16–19 of pectoral
ﬁn; D 45–48; A 37–40; P 35–40 . The countable
characteristics of our specimen were the following:
D 47, A 38, P 37; the lower margin of the branchial
opening was at the level of the 17th ray of pectoral ﬁn.
Specimens of the cubed snailﬁsh have a characteris-
tic coloration, which was described in detail by
Schmidt . However, the drawings of this species pro-
vided in both the paper of Kido  and the identiﬁca-
tion keys by Lindberg and Krasyukova  do not show
this characteristic coloration; these authors seemed to
use only ﬁxed materials. Therefore, we considered it
appropriate to present here a photo of a just-caught
specimen, which still retained the particular coloration
useful for the identiﬁcation of this species (see ﬁgure).
A Record of the Cubed Snailfish,
(Pisces: Liparidae), in Peter the Great Bay, Sea of Japan
A. S. Sokolovskii and T. G. Sokolovskaya
Institute of Marine Biology, Far East Division, Russian Academy of Sciences,
Vladivostok, 690041 Russia
Received October 6, 2004
—A specimen of the cubed snailﬁsh,
was captured in Peter the Great Bay, Sea of
Japan. The capture of
from this area a century after the ﬁrst record is evidence that at present this
species still inhabits Peter the Great Bay.
, Peter the Great Bay.
(Gilbert et Burke, 1912) from Peter the Great Bay (Vostok Bay; May 28, 2004; the specimen is 87 mm