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Title: The Osteology of the Congrid Eel Gorgasia punctata and the Relationships of the Heterocongrinae
Authors: Rosenblatt, Richard H.
Issue Date: Jan-1967
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Rosenblatt RH. 1967. The osteology of the congrid eel Gorgasia punctata and the relationships of the Heterocongrinae. Pac Sci 21(1): 91-97.
Abstract: The osteology of Gorgasia punctata is described, figured, and compared
with that of other congrids. Gorgasia is clearly referable to the subfamily
Heterocongrinae. The heterocongrines agree with the Congridae in several important
featu res, and do not differ in fund amental respects. Therefore, the group is recognized
as a subfamily of the Congridae. Gorgasia is the most primitive heterocongrine,
and agrees with the anagoine congrids in having a lateral ethmoid process.
Because of this and other similarities it is suggested that the Anagoinae and
Heterocongrinae arose from a common stem. The genus Xarifania was erected on
the erroneous basis of lack of caudal rays. It is synonymized with Taenioconger.
ISSN: 0030-8870
Appears in Collections:Pacific Science Volume 21, Number 1, 1967

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