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A New Moray Eel (Muraenidae: Gymnothorax) from Oceanic Islands of the South Pacific

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Title:A New Moray Eel (Muraenidae: Gymnothorax) from Oceanic Islands of the South Pacific
Authors:Lavenberg, Robert J.
Date Issued:Jan 1992
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Lavenberg RJ. 1992. A new moray eel (Muraenidae: Gymnothorax) from oceanic islands of the South Pacific. Pac Sci 46(1): 58-67.
Abstract:A new moray of the genus Gymnothorax is illustrated and
described from 69 individuals taken from oceanic islands and atolls in the
subtropical South Pacific Ocean. It differs from all other Gymnothorax except
the Atlantic G. bacalladoi in having a single branchial pore. The new species of
Gymnothorax may be distinguished from G. bacalladoi by having fewer preanal
vertebrae (48-53 rather than 54-56), more total vertebrae (138-146 rather than
130-131), a single rather than a double row of vomerine teeth, and fewer teeth
in the inner maxillary tooth row. The new species appears to be allied to G.
bacalladoi and G. panamensis based on coloration and dentition.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 46, Number 1, 1992

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