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Ichthyological Bulletin
J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology
ISSN: 0073-4381
No. 62, 1995
Bioline Code: fb95001
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Ichthyological Bulletin, No. 62, 1995

 en A review of the species of the genus Neobythites check for this species in other resources (Pisces: Ophidiidae) from the western Indian Ocean, with descriptions of seven new species
Jorgen G. Nielsen


Species of the ophidiid genus Neobythites check for this species in other resources from the western Indian Ocean are revised based on 225 specimens. The majority of specimens came from the 17th cruise (1988-89) of the Soviet R/V VITYAZ. Twelve species are recognized: N. analis Barnard, 1927 (southern Africa; lectotype designed), N. crosnieri sp.n. (Madagascar), N. kenyaensis sp.n. (east coast of Africa), N. malhaensis sp.n. (Saya de Malha Bank), N. meteori sp.n. (Socotra Id.), N. multistriatus Nielsen and Quero, 1991 (Reunion and Rodrigues Islands), N. natalensis sp.n. (South Africa and Madagascar), N. somaliaensis sp.n. (Somalia), N. steatiticus Alcock, 1893 (northern Indian Ocean), N. stefanovi Nielsen and Uiblein, 1993 (Red Sea to Gulf of Oman), N. trifilis Kotthaus, 1979 (Socotra Id.), N. vityazi sp.n. (Madagascar). All 12 species are illustrated, and a key is included.

This paper is the first part of a revision of the genus Neobythites. A second and third part will treat the species from the East Indian/Pacific Oceans and the Atlantic Ocean.

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