First record of Valenciennea parva (Teleostei: Perciformes, Gobiidae) for the Red Sea, with a key to Red Sea species of the genus

First record of Valenciennea parva (Teleostei: Perciformes, Gobiidae) for the Red Sea, with a key... The Indo-West Pacific sand goby Valenciennea parva Hoese & Larson is recorded from the Red Sea for the first time on the basis of underwater observation of several individuals and one specimen collected from sandy bottom adjacent to coral reefs at Al Lith, Saudi Arabia, at a depth of 8 m. Detailed morphometric and meristic data for the specimen is provided. Among known Valenciennea species, the collected Al Lith specimen positively matches V. parva. However, differences in the Red Sea specimen to specimens from the type locality (eastern Australia) are evident in some characters. A key to the species of Valenciennea known from the Red Sea is provided, including V. helsdingenii, V. parva, V. puellaris, V. sexguttata, and V. wardii. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Marine Biodiversity Springer Journals

First record of Valenciennea parva (Teleostei: Perciformes, Gobiidae) for the Red Sea, with a key to Red Sea species of the genus

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Subject
Life Sciences; Biodiversity; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Plant Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography; Animal Systematics/Taxonomy/Biogeography
ISSN
1867-1616
eISSN
1867-1624
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12526-017-0719-y
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Abstract

The Indo-West Pacific sand goby Valenciennea parva Hoese & Larson is recorded from the Red Sea for the first time on the basis of underwater observation of several individuals and one specimen collected from sandy bottom adjacent to coral reefs at Al Lith, Saudi Arabia, at a depth of 8 m. Detailed morphometric and meristic data for the specimen is provided. Among known Valenciennea species, the collected Al Lith specimen positively matches V. parva. However, differences in the Red Sea specimen to specimens from the type locality (eastern Australia) are evident in some characters. A key to the species of Valenciennea known from the Red Sea is provided, including V. helsdingenii, V. parva, V. puellaris, V. sexguttata, and V. wardii.

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Marine BiodiversitySpringer Journals

Published: May 12, 2017

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