Monday, July 4, 2016

[Ichthyology • 2014] Stiphodon anniaeae • A New Species of Goby (Gobiidae) from Halmahera, Indonesia

 Stiphodon annieae 
Keith & Hadiaty, 2014 

 Stiphodon annieae, new species, is described on the basis of material collected from Halmahera (Indonesia). It is distinguished from all other congeners in having a bright blue and red color pattern in males, nine segmented rays in the second dorsal fin, 14 pectoral rays, 34-40 fine tricuspid premaxillary teeth, and a large head.

Figure 1. - Stiphodon annieae n. sp., Holotype, MZB 18930, male (21.5 mm SL), Hamahera, Indonesia; Hadiaty et al. coll. (Photo R. Hadiaty). 

 Stiphodon annieae Keith & Hadiaty, 2014 

Diagnosis: The new species is a small Stiphodon with 14 pectoral rays, nine segmented rays in the second dorsal fin, 34-40 premaxillary teeth. No scales in the head and nape. The head and the jaw are long. The typical colouration of males is bright red, mottled with a blue pattern on the back.

Distribution: Currently known only from Halmahera (Indonesia).

Ecology: Like other Sicydiinae, Stiphodon annieae n. sp. was found in a clear, high gradient stream with rocky bottom. It lives on the bottom of the river, on top of rocks. It is assumed to be amphidromous (Keith, 2003; Keith and Lord, 2011b).

Etymology: The new species is named for Annie, the first author’s wife, in recognition of her patience and unfailing support during all field trips in Pacific Islands.

  Philippe Keith and Renny K Hadiaty. 2014. Stiphodon anniaeae, A New Species of Goby from Indonesia (Gobiidae). Cybium: international journal of ichthyology. 38(4); 267-272. 

Résumé. – Stiphodon annieae, une espèce nouvelle de gobie d’eau douce d’Indonésie (Gobiidae).
 Stiphodon annieae, espèce nouvelle, est décrite à partir de matériel collecté à Halmahera (Indonésie). Elle se distingue des autres espèces du genre par les couleurs brillantes rouge et bleue du mâle, par neuf rayons segmentés à la seconde nageoire dorsale, 14 rayons aux nageoires pectorales, 34 à 40 dents prémaxillaires tricuspides et une grande tête.