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.
Marine Biodiversity – Springer Journals
Published: May 12, 2017
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