Journal of the
Ocean Science Foundation

An open-access free online peer-reviewed Marine Biology Journal, since 2008.

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RESEARCH ARTICLE

A new species of damselfish (Chrysiptera: Pomacentridae) from coral reefs of the Solomon Islands

Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann & N.K. Dita Cahyani

Abstract

A sixth member of the Chrysiptera oxycephala group of Pomacentridae, Chrysiptera burtjonesi n. sp., is described on the basis of 24 specimens, 20.5–48.2 mm SL, collected at the Solomon Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It differs from other members of the group, including C. ellenae (Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua Province in Indonesia), C. maurinae (Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua Province), C. oxycephala (central Indonesia, Philippines, and Palau), C. papuensis (northeastern Papua New Guinea), and C. sinclairi (Bismarck Archipelago and islands off northeastern Papua New Guinea), on the basis of its distinctive color pattern and a 6.9% divergence in the sequence of the mitochondrial control region from its closest relative (C. maurineae). Adults are primarily grayish brown to greenish except bright yellow on the ventralmost head and body, including the adjacent pelvic and anal fins. Juveniles are mostly neon blue to dark blue with bright yellow pelvic and anal fins. In addition, it is the only species besides C. sinclairi that usually lacks embedded scales on the preorbital and suborbital bones.

 

     

CITATION:

Allen, G.R., Erdmann, M.V. & Cahyani, D.N.K. (2017) A new species of damselfish (Chrysiptera: Pomacentridae) from coral reefs of the Solomon Islands. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation, 28, 1021.

http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.891041

publication date: 14 September 2017