First record of the Herre’s sole, Aseraggodes herrei (Pleuronectiformes: Soleidae), at Malpelo Island, Colombian Pacific
KAUST DepartmentMarine Science Program
Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division
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AbstractDespite being a diverse genus with a total of 53 species worldwide, Aseraggodes has only one species record confirmed in the Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP). In this short communication, we present the first record of the Herre’s sole, A. herrei, for Colombia, from two specimens observed at a depth of 24 m on the east side of Malpelo Island. Both individuals were camouflaged on coarse sand substrate. Differentiating them from the bottom was difficult, which could explain, together with the low availability of habitat, why this species had not been previously recorded at Malpelo. This report broadens the insular geographic distribution of this species beyond the Galápagos and Revillagigedo archipelagos, as well as Cocos Island in the TEP, and highlights the importance of visually identifying cryptic benthic species in ichthyofaunal inventories.
CitationRodríguez Moreno, M., & Lozano Cortés, D. (2020). Primer registro del lenguado de Herre, Aseraggodes herrei (Pleuronectiformes: Soleidae), en la isla Malpelo, Pacífico colombiano. Volumen 49, Numero Especial, 49(SuplEsp), 237–242. doi:10.25268/bimc.invemar.2020.49.suplesp.1098
SponsorsThe authors want to thank the Colombian System of National Natural Parks and Fundación Malpelo for inviting them to the Seascape Expedition Cruise 2012 and for providing all the logistic support to undertake underwater research. Many thanks to the crew of the María Patricia vessel, and special thanks to Germán Soler for helping to the authors before and during the expedition, and keeping their spirits up.
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