Scientia Marina, Vol 67, No 3 (2003)

Description of a new species of hake: Merluccius patagonicus sp. nov. (Gadiformes, Merlucciidae) from the waters of Argentina


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2003.67n3323

Domingo Lloris
Institut de Ciències del Mar, CMIMA-CSIC, Spain

Jesús Matallanas
Unidad de Zoología, Departamento de Biología Animal, Biología Vegetal y Ecología. Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain

Abstract


A new species of the family Merlucciidae is presented, Merluccius patagonicus sp. nov., from the waters of the Argentine Sea. Besides the description of the new species, a brief diagnosis and a key to identification are added, with the purpose of easily separating the species from its similar relatives among the genus Merluccius Rafinesque, 1810 reported in the region: M. hubbsi and M. australis.

Keywords


Gadiformes; Merlucciidae; Merluccius patagonicus; hake; new species; taxonomy; FAO Fishing Area 41; Argentine Sea; South Western Atlantic ocean

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