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Published: 2016-10-02
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Synchiropus sycorax, a new species of dragonet from the Philippines (Teleostei: Callionymidae)

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Macleay Museum and School of Life and Environmental Sciences, A12—Macleay Building, The University of Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia. Ichthyology, Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney, New South Wales 2010, Australia
Pisces ichthyology taxonomy Jolo Island Sulu Archipelago


Synchiropus sycorax n. sp. is described from six specimens (22.6–40.1 mm SL) collected from Jolo Island, Sulu Archipelago, Philippines. It appears to be most closely related to S. tudorjonesi, which ranges from the Maldive Islands through Indonesia and the Philippine Islands to southern Japan. The new species differs from S. tudorjonesi and other congeners in live coloration: head and body bright red, bright yellow ventrally, with prominent white spots on head (one spot or blotch over preopercular spine, two elongate spots behind middle of eye, and one spot behind upper part of eye at about 1 o’clock position) and body (in three rows, an uppermost row beginning below soft dorsal, tracking lateral line to caudal peduncle, a lowermost row extending from above anterior anal fin to caudal peduncle, and a middle row extending obliquely from above pectoral fin to anterior part of lowermost series of spots); males with pelvic fin and pelvic-pectoral membrane bright yellow with broad bluish or greenish grey to black submarginal band across distal third of fin.



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