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A Review of the Eel Genera Leptenchelys and Muraenichthys, with the Description of a New Genus, Schismorhynchus , and a New Species, Muraenichthys chilensis

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dc.contributor.author McCosker, John E.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-02T20:54:17Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-02T20:54:17Z
dc.date.issued 1970-10
dc.identifier.citation McCosker JE. 1970. A review of the eel genera Leptenchelys and Muraenichthys, with the description of a new genus, Schismorhynchus , and a new species, Muraenichthys chilensis. Pac Sci 24(4): 506-516.
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/6257
dc.description.abstract The echeline genus Leptenchelys is recognized as monotypic and differs markedly from Muraenichthys. Schismorhynchus, genus novum, is erected for Muraenichthys labialis Seale. The genus Muraenichthys contains 19 known species in the tropical, subtropical, and temperate Indo-Pacific Ocean. M. chilensis, a new species showing affinities to southern Australian congeners, is the first known from the New World. The present distribution of Muraenichthys and of the closely related genera Schultzidia and Schismorhynchus is perhaps explained by paleogeography, paleoclimatology, and adult habitat preferences. Muraenichthys species may be grouped by differences in posterior nostril condition, dentition, and head pore placement. The following changes in taxonomy are proposed : Leptenchelys pinnaceps Schultz = Callechelys melanotaenia Bleeker. Muraenichthys tasmaniensis McCulloch and Scolenchelys tasmaniensis smithi Whitley = Muraenichthys vermiformis Peters. M. ogilbyi Fowler = M. macropterus Bleeker.
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press
dc.title A Review of the Eel Genera Leptenchelys and Muraenichthys, with the Description of a New Genus, Schismorhynchus , and a New Species, Muraenichthys chilensis
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Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 24, Number 4, 1970


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