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Description of a new species of rariphotic Parapercis (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae) from the Solomon Islands (American Museum novitates, no. 3978)

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dc.contributor.author Sparks, John S.
dc.contributor.author Chaloux, Nicholas
dc.contributor.author Schelly, Robert C.
dc.contributor.author Gruber, David F.
dc.contributor.author Sparks, Tate S.
dc.contributor.author Phillips, Brennan T.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-01T15:10:40Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-01T15:10:40Z
dc.date.issued 2021-09-30
dc.identifier.issn 0003-0082
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2246/7281
dc.description 12 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm. en_US
dc.description.abstract A new species belonging to the pinguipedid genus Parapercis is described herein from a single specimen collected via a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) from rariphotic depths in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands. Parapercis rota, new species, is readily distinguished from all other congeners by a unique pigmentation pattern comprising four large, rounded, orangish-olive saddles dorsally on the flank, each with a distinct, large, dorsomedial white spot completely enclosed within the saddles, plus a fifth saddle on the caudal peduncle with only a small white dorsomedial dot; 10 discrete broad, dark orangish-olive oval vertical bars below the lateral midline; a single row of dark spots on the soft dorsal fin; caudal fin lined dorsally and ventrally with stripes of yellowish-olive pigmentation extending the length of the fin; and two prominent dark brown to black spots at the caudal-fin base. ROV-based collecting systems are a promising and relatively affordable technology for studying ichthyological diversity on deeper reef habitats, particularly those beyond the reach of technical SCUBA. The discovery and description of P. rota adds to the growing number of Parapercis species that are known to occur in mesophotic and deeper waters. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher American Museum of Natural History. en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries American Museum novitates;no.3978
dc.subject Parapercis rota. en_US
dc.subject Parapercis -- Solomon Islands -- Classification. en_US
dc.subject Sandperches. en_US
dc.title Description of a new species of rariphotic Parapercis (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae) from the Solomon Islands (American Museum novitates, no. 3978) en_US


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    Novitates (Latin for "new acquaintances"), published continuously and numbered consecutively since 1921, are short papers that contain descriptions of new forms and reports in zoology, paleontology, and geology. New numbers are published at irregular intervals.

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