A new species of Gobiopsis
(Pisces: Gobiidae) from Papua New Guinea
Gerald R. Allen, Mark V.
Erdmann & William M. Brooks
The new species of gobiid fish, Gobiopsis jackbrooksi,
n. sp., is described from two specimens: an adult
female 38.7 mm SL and a juvenile of 14.0 mm SL, both
collected from mud-bottom habitat in 30 m depth at
Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. Diagnostic features
include: head barbels absent; segmented dorsal-fin
and anal-fin rays 10; longitudinal scales 31; predorsal
scales 10; transverse scales 9; no scales on the cheek
and operculum; cephalic sensory-canal pores B,
C, D, E, F, and H present; preopercular and
posterior oculoscapular pores absent; major rows of
cephalic sensory papillae on raised fleshy ridges
along a mainly longitudinal orientation on the cheek;
and some sensory papillae on the side of the head
enlarged and fleshy. The new species is similar to
Gobiopsis namnas from Japan and Gobiopsis
uranophilus from the South China Sea, the only
other members of the genus that lack head barbels.
Allen, G.R., Erdmann, M.V.
& Brooks, W.M. (2018) A new species of Gobiopsis
(Pisces: Gobiidae) from Papua New Guinea. Journal
of the Ocean Science Foundation, 31, 47-53.
publication date: 12 October