Microglanis maculatus, Shibatta, 2014

Shibatta, Oscar Akio, 2014, A new species of Microglanis (Siluriformes: Pseudopimelodidae) from the upper rio Tocantins basin, Goiás State, Central Brazil, Neotropical Ichthyology 12 (1), pp. 81-87 : 82-86

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Microglanis maculatus

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Microglanis maculatus   , new species

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Holotype. INPA 41133 View Materials , 36.5 mm SL, Brazil, Goiás, município de Barro Alto, upper rio Tocantins basin, ribeirão Pouso Alegre, tributary of rio dos Patos, 15°01’26"S 48°49’51"W, 12 Jul 2010, O. A. Shibatta, A. Claro-García, L. R. Jarduli & E. Santana da Silva. GoogleMaps  

Paratypes. INPA 24044 View Materials , 2 View Materials , 21.4-25.8 mm SL, Brazil, Goiás, município de Barro Alto, Igarapé Veredas , rio dos Patos basin, 17 Jun 2004, G. M. dos Santos   . MZUEL 5925 , 1 , 20.5 mm SL, same data as holotype GoogleMaps   .

Diagnosis. Microglanis maculatus   differs from all its congeners by the presence of rounded spots in the flank. Furthermore, it differs from its congeners, except M. robustus   , by the following combination of features: caudal fin emarginated with upper lobe slightly longer than the lower, light spot in nuchal region very small or absent. Microglanis maculatus   differs from M. robustus   by single hooks on anterior margin of pectoral-fin spine (vs. bifurcated hooks between antrorse and retrorse hooks), rays of pectoral fin I, 6 (vs. I, 5); anterior blotch of trunk U shaped (vs. inverted U shaped); broad dark stripes on dorsal and caudal fins (vs. thin), lower values of dorsal-fin spine length (6.9-11.1% SL vs. 11.3-15.4% SL), pectoral-fin spine length (12.9-17.7% SL, vs. 16.4-20.6% SL), and orbital diameter (11.5-12.6% SL vs. 14.7-16.4% SL); and higher values of mouth width (16.8-17.5% SL vs. 11.4-13.2% SL).

Description. Morphometric data are presented in Table 1 View Table 1 . Body depressed from snout to dorsal-fin origin; posteriorly compressed. Profile slightly oblique upward from snout tip to posterior nostril, slightly convex from posterior nostril to nape, and convex from nape to dorsal-fin origin. Profile from dorsal-fin origin to end of adipose-fin base almost straight (not considering adipose fin), oblique downward. Dorsal profile straighter on small specimens ( Fig. 2 View Fig ). Ventral profile from tip of lower jaw to end of anal-fin base slightly convex, almost straight. More convex in young specimens ( Fig. 2 View Fig ). Head large, wider than deep. Mouth terminal, slightly prognathous. Opercular membrane large, well developed. Eye relatively small, lateral-superiorly positioned, covered by skin. Anterior nostril tubular, over lip. Maxillary barbel reaching distal opercular edge. Outer mental barbel reaching pectoralfin base. Anterior cranial fontanel not extending beyond posterior orbital border.

Dorsal fin trapezoidal; posterior border rounded; origin anterior to midpoint of standard length; not reaching adiposefin origin when adpressed; first lepidotrichium (“spinelet”) small and rigid, forming dorsal-fin locking mechanism; second ray forming spine; I, 6*(4). Adipose fin slightly elongated, posterior border angular and free. Pectoral fin triangular, not reaching pelvic-fin origin when adpressed; first ray rigid and strongly serrate on both sides (only retrorses hooks on anterior margin of pectoral fin in small specimens, and antrorses and retrorses in large specimen ( Fig. 3 View Fig ), all single; I, 6*(4). Pelvic fin rounded, originating just posterior to vertical through end of dorsal-fin base, not reaching anal-fin origin when adpressed; i, 5*(4). Distal profile of anal fin rounded; anal-fin base length slightly smaller than adipose-fin base; iii, 7*(2) or iv, 5(2). Caudal fin emarginated, lobes distal profile rounded, upper lobe slightly longer than lower lobe; principal rays 7, 8*(4).

Pores of lateral-line extending just beyond vertical through posterior margin of pelvic-fin. Total gill rakers 7(1), 8(1), or 9*(2). Axillary pore absent. Six ribs; free vertebral centra 26 (total = 32 vertebrae) in holotype.

Color in alcohol. Dorsal region of head, from tip of snout to nape, dark brown, ventrally continuing in suborbital and opercular region to horizontal passing through angle of mouth; intermediate region with light blotch. Ventral region

of head light with dark spots. Trunk between nape and end of dorsal fin with “U” shaped dark brown blotch. Dorsal region between end of dorsal and adipose fins with dark stripe. Second dark stripe extending along axis of body. Dark blotch at end of caudal peduncle elongated, roughly hexagonal. Lateral and ventral region of body light with several small rounded spots, several merged forming clumps. First pectoralfin ray with faint dark spot; other pectoral fin rays with series of dots in middle region. Dorsal fin bearing a broad “C”-shaped dark blotch, elongated; upper edge of dorsal fin and inner area of “C”-shaped blotch hyaline. Adipose fin with dark blotch in its middle region, edges light brown. Pelvic and anal fins hyaline, with dark spots along approximately half length of rays. Caudal-fin dark stripe approximately “3”-shaped, broad, top, and bottom edges contacting caudal-peduncle dark blotch.

Distribution. Microglanis maculatus   is known from the rio dos Patos basin, upper rio Tocantins basin, in Barro Alto, Goiás State, Brazil ( Fig. 4 View Fig ).

Habitat. The specimens from the ribeirão Pouso Alegre were collected at the mouth of a creek amid the adventitious roots of riparian trees that stand out from the banks. Attempts were made to collect in the region above this point, where the bed was rocky, but no specimen was captured. The ribeirão Pouso Alegre presents riparian vegetation in good condition, bedrock, with sand, clay litter, logs and branches at the mouth ( Fig. 5 View Fig ), dissolved oxygen 7.8 mg /L, pH 7.65, conductivity 85ì S/cm, water temperature 22.5° C, mean depth 6.5± 0.93 cm, mean width 4.1± 0.66 m, mean speed water 0.12± 0.02 m /s. Other nine species of fish were collected in the same location and are listed in Claro-García & Shibatta (2013).

Etymology. The specific epithet maculatus   means spotted, an adjective from the Latin macula, in reference to the dark brown spots on the trunk.

Multivariate morphometrics analysis. The first principal component retained 76.5% of the variance of morphometric

variables, and all eigenvalues showed positive signs, which allows to interpret it as the representative of size (larger specimens to the right of graph). The second component retained 7.8% of the variance and on this axis there was discrimination between species ( Fig. 6 View Fig ). Microglanis maculatus   differed from M. robustus   in this analysis by higher values of anal-fin base length, interorbital width and eye diameter (positive highest values), and smaller values of pectoral fin spine length, dorsal fin spine length and adipose fin base length (negative highest values; Table 2 View Table 2 ). The discriminatory nature of some characters coincided with its proportions with SL or HL ( Table 1 View Table 1 ).

Discussion. The color pattern of M. maculatus   was the first character to draw attention to a new species, and this study evidenced its uniqueness among congeners. Coloration pattern in Microglanis   is quite variable and complex, resulting in a large number of configurations among the species of the genus. Even so, it is possible to observe in the literature that the color pattern proved to be useful for species identification. For example, among the species of the Araguaia-Tocantins basin, M. robustus   has a dark and thin stripe at the base of the caudal-fin rays, at middle of caudal fin and at middle of dorsal fin (Ruiz & Shibatta, 2010), and M. xylographicus   has dark brown body with light streaks on the flanks (Ruiz & Shibatta, 2011). Microglanis oliveirai   is the only species that does not have a unique distinctive mark (Ruiz & Shibatta, 2011), although this condition helps to distinguish it from the other species of the basin.

The shape of hooks on the anterior margin of the pectoralfin spine have been used as well to distinguish Microglanis   species (e. g., in M. zonatus   all hooks on anterior margin are retrorse; Eigenmann & Allen, 1942). This character however, should be used with caution in M. maculatus   due to ontogenetic variation on the hook morphology. Small specimens of M. maculatus   may present only retrorse hooks while large specimens have antrorse and retrorse hooks. The analysis of hook morphology on the anterior margin of the pectoral spine on large and small specimens of M. maculatus   , evidenced that all hooks are retrorse until the ninth hook (counting from the base of spine), and beyond the ninth hook, antrorse hooks become more numerous. The single hooks, as present in M. maculatus   , is a very common character in Microglanis   , but forked hooks is not related to the ontogenetic development, and it seems to be characteristic of M. robustus   .

Noteworthy is the restricted geographic distribution of M. maculatus   . Some Microglanis   species apparently has a wide geographic distribution (e.g., M. cottoides   in coastal rivers of Southern and South Brazil; Menezes et al., 2007), which may indicate large dispersal ability of these species. However, despite the sampling efforts in different locations of the upper rio Tocantins basin, M. maculatus   was found only in the rio dos Patos basin, in Barro Alto. The species was not found in another 20 sampling points on different streams of the rio dos Patos and rio Maranhão basins (Claro- García & Shibatta, 2013), and neither on the ichthyological survey conducted in the Serra da Mesa ( Bartolette et al., 2012), slightly on North of the type locality. The small number of specimens collected and the apparent restricted distribution of M. maculatus   in the rio dos Patos basin, indicate that this species is rare.

Comparative material. Microglanis carlae   : Paraguay. MHNHP 3667 , holotype, 34.1 mm SL, rio Salado , río   Paraguay basin, 26°39’S 58°05’W GoogleMaps   ; MZUSP 98255 View Materials , paratypes, 5, 23.4-29.1 mm SL. Microglanis cibelae     : Brazil. Rio Grande do Sul. MCP 19822 View Materials , paratypes, 3, 34.9-48.7 mm SL, arroio do Ouro, tributary of rio Maquiné , 29º34’00"S 50º16’00"W GoogleMaps   ; MCP 21190 View Materials , 9 View Materials , 24.6-42.4 mm SL, Osório, rio Tramandaí basin, 29º57’57"S 50º13’45"W GoogleMaps   . Microglanis cottoides   : Brazil. Rio Grande do Sul. MCP 10826 View Materials , 5 View Materials , 38.2-49.5 mm SL, rio Sanga das Águas Frias, rio   Uruguai basin; MCP 17706 View Materials , 4 View Materials , 25.1-45.3mm SL, arroio Quarizinho, tributary of rio Buricá , rio   Uruguai basin, 27º47’00’’S 54º 14’00"W GoogleMaps   . Microglanis eurystoma   : Brazil. Santa Catarina. MCP 13405 View Materials , holotype, 77.6 mm SL, rio   Uruguai, 27º18’00"S 52º20’00"W GoogleMaps   . Brazil. Rio Grande do Sul; MCP 12698 View Materials , 10 paratypes, 26.3-41.1 mm SL, arroio do Passo Alto , rio   Uruguai basin, 28º11’00"S 55º16’00"W GoogleMaps   . Microglanis garavelloi   : Brazil. Paraná, MZUSP 88006 View Materials , holotype, 31.7 mm SL, ribeirão Taquari , upper rio Paraná basin   ; MZUSP 1732 View Materials , paratypes, 2, 23.7-30.8 mm SL, ribeirão Taquari , 23º12’24"S 50º56’50"W GoogleMaps   ; MCP 1678 View Materials , 4 paratypes (3c&s), 24.6-27.9 mm SL, ribeirão Taquari. Microglanis iheringi     : Venezuela. Aragua. USNM 121985 View Materials   , 1 paratype, 31.3 mm SL, río Turmero, Portuguesa. CAS 64403 View Materials , 3 View Materials , 27.4 View Materials -41.0 mm SL, río Orinoco. Microglanis leptostriatus     : Brazil. Minas Gerais. MZUSP 47456 View Materials , 2 paratypes, 28.4-28.7 mm SL, rio Verde, rio São Francisco basin   ; MZUEL 3733 , 6 paratypes, 19.3-27.4 mm SL, rio Cruz, rio São Francisco basin. Microglanis malabarbai     : Brazil. Rio Grande do Sul. MCP 37252 View Materials , 1 View Materials , 47.7 mm SL, arroio Alexandrino rio Ijuí basin, 28º10’25"S 54º48’05"W GoogleMaps   ; MCP 37187 View Materials , 1 View Materials , 50.1 mm SL, arroio das Pedras rio Ijuí basin, 28º12’07"S 54º04’30"W GoogleMaps   . Microglanis nigripinnis   : Brazil. Rio de Janeiro. MZUSP 80223 View Materials , 1 View Materials , 47.2 mm SL, tributary of rio São João , Eastern basin   ; MZUSP 80229 View Materials , 2 View Materials , 38.3-43.5 mm SL, tributary of rio São João. Microglanis parahybae     : Brazil. Rio de Janeiro. MNRJ 15989 View Materials , 5 View Materials , 30.3-34.2 mm SL, rio Dois Rios , rio Paraíba do Sul basin   ; MNRJ 16047 View Materials , 5 View Materials , 28.6-38.9 mm SL, rio Muriaé , rio Paraíba do Sul basin. Microglanis pataxo     : Brazil. Bahia. MZUSP 54516 View Materials , 10 View Materials , 24.9-31.4 mm SL, rio Mucuri , East coast basin. Microglanis pellopterygius     : Ecuador. Napo. ANSP 130437 View Materials , holotype, 68.1 mm SL, rio Aguarico , 00 o 06’N 76 o 51’W GoogleMaps   ; MEPN 88.4 - 12 , 2 , 22.4-23.1 mm SL, tributary of the río Aguarico. Microglanis poecilus     : Guiana. Kurupukari. ROM 60738 View Materials , 1 View Materials , 22.5 mm SL, unknown stream of río   Essequibo, 4 o 46’20"S 58 o 45’W GoogleMaps   ; ROM 62390 View Materials , 1 View Materials , 17.1 mm SL, Shimiri Stream, Yawiri, río   Essequibo basin, 4 o 42’13"S 58 o 42’43"W GoogleMaps   ; ROM 62391 View Materials , 1 View Materials , 17.1 mm SL, río   Essequibo, 4 o 48’22"S 58 o 46’14"W GoogleMaps   . Brazil. Amazonas. INPA 28575 View Materials , 3 View Materials , 18.6-20.6 mm SL, rio Aripuanã, rio Madeira basin   . Brazil. Roraima. INPA 28576 View Materials , 3 View Materials , 19.8-20.4 mm SL, igarapé Ano Bom, rio Branco basin   ; INPA 8052 View Materials , 3 View Materials , 24.8-26.2 mm SL, igarapé Maracá, rio Branco basin, Pará. INPA 6828 View Materials , 3 View Materials , 19.2-25.8 mm SL, rio Jamanxin , rio Tapajós basin, 5 o 27’11"S 55 o 52’40"W GoogleMaps   . Microglanis robustus   : Brazil. Pará. INPA 8053 View Materials , holotype, 20.3 mm SL, lower rio Tocantins, rio Tocantins-Araguaia basin   ; INPA 32885 View Materials , 11 paratypes (2 c&s), 18.4-23.3 mm SL, same data as holotype   ; INPA 7943 View Materials , 2 paratypes, 20.0- 22.2 mm SL   ; INPA 7957 View Materials , 3 paratypes, 19.2-21.7 mm SL, Jatobal , lower rio Tocantins. Microglanis secundus     : Suriname. Brokopondo. MHNG 2621.038 View Materials , 6 View Materials , 18.9-27.1 mm SL, rio Mindrineti   . Brazil. Pará. INPA 5730 View Materials , 7 View Materials , 18.5-31.1 mm SL, rio Trombetas, rio Amazonas basin   ; INPA 7950 View Materials , 3 View Materials (2 c&s), 24.4-28.1 mm SL rio Trombetas, rio Amazonas basin. Microglanis variegatus     : Ecuador. Vinces. USNM 083653 View Materials   , 1 paratype, 29.1 mm SL, pools in forests near Vinces. Los rios. MHNG 298.033 View Materials , 2 View Materials , 25.2-27.7 mm SL, río Palengue   ; MHNG 1232.11 View Materials , 2 View Materials , 23.6-26.2 mm SL, Hazienda Clementina   .


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