Abstract

Five new species of shore-eels in the genus Alabes are described from southern Australia: A. elongata (Western Australia); A. gibbosa (Western Australia); A. occidentalis (Western Australia); A. obtusirostris (Victoria and Western Australia); and A. scotti (New South Wales and Tasmania). The first three species inhabit shallow nearshore reef and/or weed areas, whereas the last two have been found only on soft bottoms in deeper coastal waters (24–65 m). This brings the total number of described species to nine (previously known species are A. dorsalis [Richardson], A. parvula [McCulloch], A. brevis Springer & Fraser, and A. hoesei Springer & Fraser). Two of the new species, A. elongata and A. occidentalis, appear to be western sister species of southeastern Australian forms (A. dorsalis and A. parvula, respectively), whereas one new Western Australian species, A. gibbosa, is similar to another western form, A. brevis. The apparent relationships of the remaining two new species, A. obtusirostrisand A. scotti, are obscure. The former is similar to A. dorsalis but lacks a rudimentary pelvic fin, whereas the latter shows some similarities to A. parvula but possesses a more pointed head and a unique coloration. A key to Alabes species is provided.

 
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Short Form
Hutchins and Morrison, 2004, Rec. Aust. Mus. 56(2): 147–158
Author
Barry Hutchins; Sue Morrison
Year
2004
Title
Five new fish species of the genus Alabes (Gobiesocidae: Cheilobranchinae)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
56
Issue
2
Start Page
147
End Page
158
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.56.2004.1426
Language
English
Date Published
07 July 2004
Cover Date
07 July 2004
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
FISHES
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07 July 2004
Available Online
07 July 2004
Reference Number
1426
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