Abstract

A new spiny puffer (Diodontidae) Chilomycterus spilostylus, is described from ten specimens, from the northern Red Sea, the South China Sea and the Philippine Islands. C. spilostylus is distinguished from all other Indo-Pacific Chilomycterus by colour, spine morphology, and spine arrangement. All spines are fixed and short, and many on the head have four rather than three subdermal bases. A single medial frontal spine is located between the nostrils and three spines are over the eye. We tentatively conclude that the form incorrectly called Cyclichthys echinatus (Gronow) is the pelagic juvenile stage of C. spilostylus.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Leis and Randall, 1982, Rec. Aust. Mus. 34(3): 363–371
Author
Jeff M. Leis; John E. Randall
Year
1982
Title
Chilomycterus spilostylus, a new species of Indo-Pacific burrfish (Pisces, Tetraodontiformes, Diodontidae)
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
34
Issue
3
Start Page
363
End Page
371
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.34.1982.294
Language
English
Date Published
15 March 1982
Cover Date
31 January 1982
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
FISHES; TAXONOMY
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21 January 2009
Available Online
02 March 2009
Reference Number
294
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