A new species of Saurida (Pisces: Synodontidae) from the Mascarene Plateau, Western Indian Ocean

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Abstract

A new species of lizardfish, Saurida tweddlei n.sp., from the Mascarene Plateau, Western Indian Ocean, is described and figured. The new species is characterised by the following combination of characters: dorsal fin with 12-13 rays; pectorals with 14-15 rays; lateral-line scales 53-55; transverse scale rows above lateral line 41/2, below lateral line 51/2; pectoral fins moderately long (extending to or just beyond a line from origin of pelvic fins to origin of dorsal fin); 2 rows of teeth on outer palatines; 0-3 teeth on vomer; tongue with about 4-5 rows of teeth posteriorly; caudal peduncle compressed (depth greater than width); stomach and intestine pale whitish. A key to the species of Saurida of the Western Indian Ocean is provided.

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Russell, B. C. (2015). A new species of Saurida (Pisces: Synodontidae) from the Mascarene Plateau, Western Indian Ocean. Zootaxa, 3947(3), 440–446. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3947.3.10

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