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Special Publication
J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology
ISSN: 0075-2088
No. 63, 1999, pp. 1-8
Bioline Code: fs99001
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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Special Publication, No. 63, 1999, pp. 1-8

 en A review of the Red Sea Cardinalfishes of the Apogon Bandanensis Complex , with a Description of a New Species.
Thomas H. Fraser, John E. Randall, and the late Enest A. Lachner


Three species of the Apogon bandanensis group are found in the Red Sea, the wide-spread Apogon guamensis, the endemic Apogon annularis, and a new endemic species Apogon zebrinus. Color patterns, gill-rakers, body depth, second anal spine length, pectoral fin length, and caudal peduncle depth are important aids for identification of the Red Sea species. Two synonyms of Apogon guamensis were based on juvenile material: Apogon ocellatus from Madagascar and Apogon spongicolus from the Red Sea. Rüppell's, Günther's and Klausewitz's concepts of Apogon annularis are reviewed. Apogon erdmani is a synonym of Apogon annularis. Apogon savayensis and another wide spread new species were not found in any Red Sea collections we examined.

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