Copus et al. 2015

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Neoniphon pencei, a new species of holocentrid (Teleostei: Beryciformes) from Rarotonga, Cook Islands

Copus JM, Pyle RL, Earle JL

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Neoniphon pencei, n. sp., is described from thirteen specimens, 132-197 mm standard length (SL) collected from mesophotic coral ecosystems (MCEs) at Rarotonga, Cook Islands by divers using mixed-gas closed-circuit rebreathers. It differs from all other species of the genus in number of lateral line scales, scales above and below lateral line, elements of life color, and in COI and cytochrome b DNA sequences. Of the five other known species of Neoniphon, it is most similar to the Indo-Pacific N. aurolineatus and the western Atlantic N. marianus both morphologically and genetically.

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Depth range
90- 115 m

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Research focus

Cook Islands

Research platforms
Diving - Technical Rebreather

Reports new species
Author profiles
Joshua Copus ( 5 pubs)
Richard Pyle ( 13 pubs)
Research sites (dec deg)
Cook Islands
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