Thursday, October 13, 2016

[Ichthyology • 2016] Grammatonotus brianne • A New Callanthiid Fish from Philippine waters, with Short Accounts of Two other Grammatonotus from the Coral Triangle

Grammatonotus brianne 
  Anderson, Greene & Rocha, 2016   


In May 2014, a group of ichthyologists from the California Academy of Sciences and the Bishop Museum collecting fishes off the coast of Batangas, Luzon, Philippine Islands, obtained, in a depth of ca. 150 meters, four specimens of a species of Grammatonotus previously unknown to science. This new species, Grammatonotus brianne, is distinguishable from its described congeners by the following combination of characters: short anal-fin spines, rhomboid shaped caudal fin, lateral line usually disjunct, and live coloration. Herein we provide characters that distinguish callanthiids from other percoids and that distinguish Grammatonotus from Callanthias, the other genus in the family Callanthiidae, along with the description of the new species and short accounts of two other GrammatonotusG. crosnieri and G. roseus, from the Coral Triangle.

Keywords: Pisces, Grammatonotus brianneGrammatonotus crosnieriGrammatonotus roseus, Batangas, Luzon, Philippines, Kai Islands, Indonesia

FIGURE 1. Grammatonotus brianne n. sp. Batangas, southern Luzon, Philippine Islands; holotype, PNM 15196 (formerly CAS 237785), 84.4 mm SL.
Photograph by Luiz A. Rocha. 

Etymology. The name brianne is for the second author’s wife (Brianne M. Atwood) and is a noun in apposition to the generic name Grammatonotus

Distribution. This species is only known from specimens collected off Batangas Province, Luzon Island, Philippines.

William D. Anderson, JR., Brian D. Greene and Luiz A. Rocha. 2016. Grammatonotus brianne, A New Callanthiid Fish from Philippine waters, with Short Accounts of Two other Grammatonotus from the Coral Triangle. Zootaxa. 4173(3): 289–295.  DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4173.3.7 

Scientists dive deep to discover new fish species at 150 meters:

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