First record of the blackfin coral goby, Paragobiodon lacunicolus (Kendall and Goldsborough, 1911), from the Red Sea
KAUST DepartmentRed Sea Research Center (RSRC)
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
Marine Science Program
Reef Ecology Lab
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AbstractThree specimens of the blackfin coral goby, Paragobiodon lacunicolus, were collected in 2010 and 2011 at different locations of the eastern Red Sea along the coast of Saudi Arabia. Reexamination of 14 museum specimens from Eritrea also confirmed the presence of the species for the western Red Sea. This represents the first published report of P. lacunicolus from the Red Sea. © 2013 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.
SponsorsFinancial support for this study was obtained from LOEWE (Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-okonomischer Exzellenz) of Hessen's Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and the Arts and by King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia. The second author would also like to thank AAA Aquarium Systems in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for support. The authors are grateful to Helen K. Larson (Queensland Museum, Townsville, Australia), Sergey V. Bogorodsky (Station of Naturalists, Omsk, Russia) and John E. Randall (Bernice P. Bishop Museum, Hawaii, USA) for their comments on this study. Sven Trankner is thanked for the photograph of SMF 34706. Fieldwork was supported by Gerrit B. Nanninga and Joseph D. DiBattista (KAUST). Florian Wicker, Kai Borkenhagen, Hannes W. Pulch, and Matthias Schneider (Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt, Germany) are thanked for their assistance and/or constructive comments.
JournalJournal of Applied Ichthyology