ISSN 10630740, Russian Journal of Marine Biology, 2011, Vol. 37, No. 1, pp. 69–72. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2011.
Original Russian Text © A.A. Balanov, I.V. Epur, 2011, published in Biologiya Morya.
Among fishes of the Sea of Japan, species of the
family Liparidae present the greatest difficulty in iden
tification. In spite of the many publications that are
available on the systematics and taxonomy of
Liparidae of the region [2, 5, 6, 9, 15, 16, 20], there is
no agreement on the species composition of this fam
ily. Thus, Lindberg and Krasyukova  present data on
16 species of the genus
for Russian waters of
the Sea of Japan, Novikov et al. record 8 species,
and Kido  lists only 6 species of the genus for this
Study of the fauna of liparis fish of the Sea of Japan
has been started at the Institute of Marine Biology
(IBM FEB RAS) only recently [5, 7, 8]. In July 2008,
two extraordinary fish specimens of the genus
were caught in the Far Eastern Marine Biospheric
State Nature Reserve (FEMBSNR). Study of these
specimens and additionally of
 allowed us to make changes in the
liparis fish composition of the Sea of Japan. This paper
discusses the results.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
The materials used in the study were samples col
lected in the southern part of the FEMBSNR in
Sivuchaya Bay during joint surveys of the workers of
the Laboratory of Ichthyology of IMB and the Marine
Sample 1: August 1999, at Butakova Rock
E), SCUBA equipment, at a
depth of 2–4 m among rhyzoids of the alga
growing on boulders, five liparis fish iden
tified primarily as
. Sample 2:
July25, 2008 in a littoral pool close to Vera Is.
E) at a depth of 0.2–0.5 m at
a temperature of 25
C, two liparis specimens.
The descriptions include the following designa
, maximum body length;
, body length up
to the beginning of caudal fin rays;
number of rays in the dorsal, anal, pectoral, and cau
, total number of vertebrae (the sum of the
trunk and caudal vertebrae). The main rays of the cau
dal fin are printed in bold in the text.
Measurements and calculations are performed
according to the scheme used for this fish group by
other authors [13, 17, 20]. The terms for the pores are
used according to Chernova . In the vertebral
count, the urostyle was regarded as an individual ver
tebra. The vertebrae and rays of unpaired fins were
counted by radiograms.
For comparison, we used one specimen of
, MIMB no. 22413, 72 mm
, 62 mm
This individual was caught on May 17, 2007, in
Russkaya Bay of the Sea of Japan (45
E) near the shore at a depth of 0.3–0.5 m in
growths . All the examined specimens
were deposited in the collections of the Museum of the
IMB (MIMB, Vladivostok).
First Record of
(Gilbert et Burke, 1912)
and New Findings of
Taranetz, 1935 (Pisces: Liparidae)
in Russian Waters of the Sea of Japan
A. A. Balanov and I. V. Epur
Institute of Marine Biology, Far East Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences,
Vladivostok, 690041 Russia
Received September 30, 2010
—Two specimens of
(Gilbert et Burke, 1912) of 30.1 and 55.5 mm in
recorded in Russian waters of the Sea of Japan for the first time. Five specimens of a poorly known species,
Taranetz, 1935, were found. Data on the areas of capture and counts of plastic and meristic
characters are provided. The specimens of
are described and compared to the
closest species of the genus.
: Sea of Japan,
, first record, description, characters, longitudinal
diameter of sucking disk.