Ichthyological Research

, Volume 66, Issue 1, pp 114–128 | Cite as

Two new species of the waspfish genus Ablabys (Scorpaeniformes: Tetrarogidae) from the western Pacific Ocean

  • Sirikanya ChungthanawongEmail author
  • Hiroyuki Motomura
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Two new waspfish (Tetrarogidae) species, Ablabys pauciporus sp. nov. and A. gymnothorax sp. nov., are described on the basis of three specimens from the Great Barrier Reef, Australia and four specimens from Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam, respectively. Although A. pauciporus and Ablabys taenianotus (Cuvier 1829) both share counts of 4 or 5 anal-fin soft rays with a short fin base and 11 or 12 pectoral-fin rays, the former has distinctly lower counts of body scales, including number of lateral-line pores (12 or 13 vs. 20–25 in the latter), strongly notched interspinous dorsal-fin membranes (vs. weakly notched or unnotched), and some differing morphometrics (including head depth, orbit diameter and pelvic-fin length) and coloration. Ablabys gymnothorax is most similar to Ablabys macracanthus (Bleeker 1852) in having more than 7 anal-fin soft rays with a long fin base, but differs from the latter in having a naked thorax (vs. scaled), the last dorsal-fin soft ray with a continuous basal membrane to the dorsal edge of the caudal peduncle and the basal upper margin of the caudal fin (vs. not continuous with caudal fin), higher counts of dorsal- and anal-fin rays, body scales and gill rakers, and in some morphometrics. Tetraroge vestitus De Vis 1884, previously considered as a junior synonym of A. taenianotus, is regarded here as a junior synonym of Centropogon marmoratus Günther 1862.


Ablabys pauciporus Ablabys gymnothorax Synonym Taxonomy Description 



We are especially grateful to M. McGrouther, A. Hay and S. Reader (AMS), J. Maclaine (BMNH), Y. Kai (FAKU), S. Kimura (FRLM), H.-C. Ho and K. Koeda (NMMB), M. Nakae (NSMT), J. Johnson (QM), R. Bills and O. Gon (SAIAB), and P. Bartsch (ZMB) for providing opportunities to examine specimens, J. Johnson (QM) for providing color photographs of A. pauciporus, T. Sado (CMNH) for providing results of DNA analysis, J. Johnson and staff of QM, M. Itou, Y. Haraguchi and other volunteers and students of KAUM for curatorial assistance, and G. S. Hardy (Ngunguru, New Zealand) for reading the manuscript and providing help with English. All specimens of A. pauciporus were collected during the Great Barrier Reef Seabed Biodiversity Project, a collaboration between the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), CSIRO, Queensland Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries (QDPIF), and QM; funded by the CRC Reef Research Centre, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, and the National Oceans Office; and lead by R. Pitcher (CSIRO), P. Doherty (AIMS), J. Hooper (QM) and N. Gribble (QDPIF). We also wish to thank the field team lead by D. Gledhill (CSIRO) and the crew of the FRV Gwendoline May. This study was supported in part by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Numbers JP19770067, JP26241027, JP24370041, JP23580259, and JP26450265; the JSPS Core-to-Core Program: B Asia-Africa Science Platforms; the “Biological Properties of Biodiversity Hotspots in Japan” project of the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tsukuba, Japan; “Establishment of Research and Education Network on Biodiversity and Its Conservation in the Satsunan Islands” project of Kagoshima University adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan; and the “Island Research” project of Kagoshima University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The United Graduate School of Agricultural SciencesKagoshima UniversityKagoshimaJapan
  2. 2.The Kagoshima University MuseumKagoshimaJapan

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