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Published: 2022-05-17

A new species of the shortnose batfish genus Halicmetus from Madagascar (Family Ogcocephalidae)

National Museum of Marine Biology & Aquarium, Checheng, Pingtung, Taiwan 2Institute of Marine Biology, National Dong Hwa University, Pingtung, Taiwan 3 Department and Graduate Institute of Aquaculture, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 4Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia (Research Associate)
Pisces Biodiversity taxonomy Lophiiformes deep-sea western Indian Ocean


A new species of the batfish genus Halicmetus is herein described as unique, having a body densely covered with variously sized bucklers. It is also distinguished from congeners by the following combination of characters: body disk relatively small, disk width 59.7% SL; orbit small, its diameter 8.3% SL; interorbital moderately wide, 7.4% SL; tail length 47.7% SL; illicial trough opening wide and high; dorsal fin absent; pectoral-fin rays 13; uniformly creamy white when preserved; peritoneal membrane pale with dense melanophores and scattered black dots.



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