Scientia Marina, Vol 65, No 1 (2001)

Melanonus zugmayeri Norman, 1930, captured off Portugal. A review of the current knowledge on this species


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.2001.65n143

Miguel Henriques
Museu Oceanográfico, Parque Natural da Arrábida, Instituto da Conservação da Natureza, Portugal

Alberto G. Murta
Instituto de Investigação das Pescas e do Mar (IPIMAR), Departamento de Recursos Marinhos, Portugal

Henrique N. Cabral
Instituto de Oceanografia, Portugal

Abstract


The capture of two specimens of Melanonus zugmayeri Norman, 1930 (Melanonidae) off Portugal was reported. Morphometric and meristic characteristics of the specimens examined were presented. One of the specimens represented a new size record for the species. The available data on the specimens caught in other geographical areas was comparatively analysed and the current knowledge on the species was discussed. Due to the lack of data to support the existence of more than one species of Melanonus, further taxonomic revisions would need more specimens, especially from the southern oceans.

Keywords


Melanonus zugmayeri; Melanonidae; rare fish; taxonomic status; Portugal

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