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Copus et al. 2015


scientific article | Biodivers Data J | open access

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

Copus JM, Pyle RL, Earle JL


Abstract

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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Meta-data
Depth range
90- 115 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
4 x (total of 8905 words)

Classification
* Presents original data
* Reports new species
* Focused on `mesophotic` depth range
* Focused on `mesophotic coral ecosystem`

Fields
Biodiversity
Taxonomy
Molecular ecology

Focusgroups
Fishes

Locations
Cook Islands

Platforms
Rebreather

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