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Two New Indo-Pacific Labrid Fishes of the Genus Halichoeres, with Notes on Other Species of the Genus

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Title: Two New Indo-Pacific Labrid Fishes of the Genus Halichoeres, with Notes on Other Species of the Genus
Authors: Randall, John E.
Issue Date: Oct 1980
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Citation: Randall JE. 1980. Two new Indo-Pacific labrid fishes of the genus Halichoeres, with notes on other species of the genus. Pac Sci 34(4): 415-432.
Abstract: Two new wrasses of the genus Halichoeres are described: H.
chrysus, a bright-yellow species with one to three black spots in the dorsal fin
and one at the upper base of the caudal fin, which occurs in the western Pacific
and at Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean; and H. melasmapomus, which is
distinctive in having a large blue-edged black spot on the opercle, and occurs
in Oceania, the western Pacific, and at Christmas and Cocos-Keeling Islands in
the Indian Ocean. Halichoeres leparensis is shown to be the female of H. argus.
The male and female color phases of H. melanurus are differentiated.
Halichoeres gymnocephalus is synonymized as the female of H. chloropterus
and H. kawarin as the male of H. timorensis. The very different juvenile color
patterns of H. podostigma and H. prosopeion are described.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/1640
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 34, Number 4, 1980



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