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The Pacific Species of the Clinid Fish Tribe Starksiini

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Title: The Pacific Species of the Clinid Fish Tribe Starksiini
Authors: Rosenblatt, Richard H.
Taylor, Leighton R Jr.
Issue Date: Jul 1971
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Rosenblatt RH, Taylor LR. 1971. The Pacific species of the clinid fish tribe starksiini. Pac Sci 25(3): 436-463.
Abstract: The Atlantic species of the clinid fishes of
the tribe Starksiini were revised by Bohlke and
Springer (1961), who synonymized the nominal
genus Brannerella with Starksia, and regarded
the group as monogeneric. They recognized
eight species, describing two as new. Subsequently
three additional Atlantic species have
been described (C.R. Gilbert, 1965; C.R. Gilbert,
in press). The Pacific forms were last
treated by Al-Uthrnan (1960) who recognized
two species, describing Brannerella spinipenis
as new. Our study began with the collection of
an obviously und escribed species in the Gulf of
California. Further examination of starksiin material
revealed that the species that had been
called Starksia cremnobates by recent authors
(Hubbs, 1952; Al-Uthman, 1960; Bohlke and
Springer, 1961) could not be referred to cremnobates
of Gilbert and had never been named.
This species differs so strongly from the other
starksiin species that a new genus is proposed
for it. This, coupled with the discovery of seven
additional undescribed species of Starksia, bringing
the total for the eastern Pacific to nine, has
necessitated an extensive treatment of all the
Pacific species.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 25, Number 3, 1971

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