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A new species of Stolephorus (Clupeiformes: Engraulidae) from the Bay of Bengal, India

Fisheries Resources, Harvest and Post-Harvest Management Division.
Fish Genetics and Biotechnology Division, ICAR – Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Panch Marg, Off Yari road, Versova, Andheri – West, Mumbai – 400 061, Maharashtra, India.
Fish Genetics and Biotechnology Division, ICAR – Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Panch Marg, Off Yari road, Versova, Andheri – West, Mumbai – 400 061, Maharashtra, India.
Dr. A. K. Jaiswar, Principal Scientist, ICAR – Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Panch marg, Off Yari road, Versova, Andheri – West, Mumbai – 400 061, Maharashtra, India. Phone: 022-26361447; Fax: 022-26361593;
Clupeiformes Anchovies Stolephorus mitochondrial 16S rDNA DNA barcoding molecular taxonomy


A new fish species, Stolephorus tamilensis sp. nov., is described from the East coast of India. The major distinguishing characters are 5–6 small needle-like pre-pelvic scutes on belly; maxilla tip pointed, reaching to border of operculum, concave and indented in the preoperculum; 25–28 gill rakers on lower lobe of the first branchial arch; dorsal fin without spine; 17–19 anal-fin rays. Moreover, S. tamilensis sp. nov. present higher average genetic divergence values at mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I and 16S rDNA loci in comparison with congeners. Also, nucleotide diagnostic characters exclusive to S. tamilensis are identified. Neighbor-joining analysis revealed close relation between S. tamilensis  and S. andhraensis.



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