Paraconger caudilimbatus (Poey, 1867)

Wirtz, Peter, Ferreira, Carlos Eduardo L., Floeter, Sergio R., Fricke, Ronald, Gasparini, João Luiz, Iwamoto, Tomio, Rocha, Luiz, 2007, Coastal Fishes of São Tomé and Príncipe islands, Gulf of Guinea (Eastern Atlantic Ocean) — an update, Zootaxa 1523, pp. 1-48: 5

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Paraconger caudilimbatus (Poey, 1867)


Paraconger caudilimbatus (Poey, 1867) 

The head of a Paraconger  species ( Figure 4) was seen sticking out of holes in the sand in Lagoa Azul at a depth of about 25 m, in the same area where Heteroconger longissimus  was observed. A small congrid, probably belonging to the same species, was seen swimming over the sand during a night dive at the same place and was collected ( SMNSAbout SMNS 25228). It is Paraconger caudilimbatus  , previously only known from the western Atlantic, from North Carolina to Venezuela. The specimen was identified using the key published by Kanazawa (1961: 7); though the vertebral formula could not be determined, the specimen differs from the eastern Atlantic species Paraconger notialis Kanazawa, 1961  in the presence of a 5 th supraorbital pore and postorbital pores. The specimen otherwise well agrees with P. caudilimbatus  , having 38 pores in the lateral line anterior to the anus, the gill opening anterior to the upper edge of the pectoral fin base, 13 pectoral fin rays, 10 preoperculo-mandibular pores, and a supratemporal pore.


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