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A New Myctophid Fish, Bolinichthys distofax, from the Western and Central North Pacific Ocean, with Notes on Other Species of Bolinichthys

Robert Karl Johnson
Copeia
Vol. 1975, No. 1 (Feb. 28, 1975), pp. 53-60
DOI: 10.2307/1442405
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1442405
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A New Myctophid Fish, Bolinichthys distofax, from the Western and Central North Pacific Ocean, with Notes on Other Species of Bolinichthys
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Abstract

A new myctophid fish, Bolinichthys distofax, is described from 90 specimens taken in the western and central North Pacific Ocean. The position of the VLO, 3 to 5 times its own diameter below the horizontal septum, is similar to that found in B. supralateralis (Parr) and B. blacki (Fowler). A rearward displacement of the Vn photophore separates B. distofax from all other species of Bolinichthys. B. blacki is established as a valid species, differing from B. distofax and B. supralateralis in the elevated position of the VO2 as well as in other features. B. blacki is recorded from the Indian Ocean, insular west Pacific and central equatorial Pacific. B. supralateralis may be limited to the Atlantic Ocean.

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