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Smithiana Bulletin
The South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
ISSN: 1684-4130
No. 7, 2007, pp. 51-81
Bioline Code: sm07004
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Smithiana Bulletin, No. 7, 2007, pp. 51-81

 en Fishes of the genus Helcogramma (Blennioidei: Tripterygiidae) in the Western Indian Ocean, including Sri Lanka, with descriptions of four new species
Holleman, Wouter

Abstract

Fifteen species of the tripterygiid fish genus Helcogramma are recognised from the Western Indian Ocean (including Sri Lanka and the southeastern coast of India). Helcogramma shinglensis   check for this species in other resources Lal Mohan is recognised as a valid species and four species are described as new: Helcogramm aalkamr , which is similar to H. chica Rosenblatt, is known from the Comoro Islands, the Seychelles and Mauritius; Helcogramma serendip   check for this species in other resources , apparently confined to Sri Lanka and possibly a sibling species to H. alkamr Helcogramma ememes   check for this species in other resources from the Seychelles and the East African coast, which is similar to H. hudsoni Schultz, and Helcogramma rharhabe   check for this species in other resources , one of the H. obtusirostre complex of species, and which appears confined to the east coast of Africa from northern Mozambique to East London. Diagnoses of the other Western Indian Ocean species and a key are provided.

Keywords
taxonomy, Tripterygiidae, Helcogramma, new species, Western Indian Ocean

 
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