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Antennatus linearis, a New Indo-Pacific Species of Frogfish (Lophiiformes: Antennariidae)

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Title:Antennatus linearis, a New Indo-Pacific Species of Frogfish (Lophiiformes: Antennariidae)
Authors:Randall, John E.
Holcom, Ronald R.
Date Issued:Apr 2001
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Randall JE, Holcom RR. 2001. Antennatus linearis, a new Indo-Pacific species of frogfish (Lophiiformes: Antennariidae). Pac Sci 55(2): 137-144.
Abstract:Antennatus linearis is described as a new species of frogfish (family
Antennariidae) from three specimens from the Hawaiian Islands, one from the
Molucca Islands, one from Aldabra, and four from Mozambique and Natal,
South Africa, the largest 60 mm standard length. It is distinct from the wide-ranging
Indo-Pacific A. tuberosus in having a caudal peduncle, 9-10 instead of
11-12 (rarely 10) pectoral rays, usually all or all but one of the pectoral rays
branched (usually all simple in A. tuberosus), longer and more widely spaced
dermal spicules, and a longer second dorsal spine (10.5-13.4% SL, compared
with 6.5-9.8% for A. tuberosus). It differs from the eastern PacificA. strigatus and
the Japanese A. fiagellatus in having the illicium 1.55-1.95 times longer than the
second dorsal spine (about equal to the second spine in A. strigatus, and about
3.6 times longer in A. fiagellatus). It differs from all three species in its striking
pattern of curving dark lines on the head and body.
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 55, Number 2, 2001

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