Narcinops cf. nelsoni,

White, William T. & Ko’Ou, Alfred, 2018, An annotated checklist of the chondrichthyans of Papua New Guinea, Zootaxa 4411 (1), pp. 1-82: 52

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Narcinops cf. nelsoni


Narcinops cf. nelsoni 

Plain Numbfish

Local synonymy: Narcine  nelsoni— Fricke et al., 2014: 14 (Madang Province); White et al., 2018: 212, figs (PNG).

PNG voucher material: (5 spec.) ASIZ P0073800, 138 mm TL, off Lae, Huon Gulf, 7°28.181’ S, 147°31.394’ E, 280–302 m depth, 23 Aug. 2010; NTUM 10324 (2 spec.), female 90 mm TL, juvenile male 113 mm TL, west of Kairiru Island, East Sepik Province, 3°20’ S, 143°28’ E, 325–345 m depth, 19 Dec. 2012;

Remarks: First recorded from PNG by Fricke et al. (2014) from Madang Province. Similar to the West Australian Numbfish Narcinops lasti ( Carvalho & Séret, 2002)  but differs in some morphological characters; molecular data supports this species being different from N. lasti  from northwestern Australia (G. Naylor, unpubl. data), but no eastern Australian N. nelsoni  are included in the current analyses. The species is close to N. nelsoni  but seems to differ in having slightly larger eyes.


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