Deceitful Bandfish, Owstonia fallax Smith-Vaniz & Johnson 2016


Summary:
A pinkish bandfish with a prominent black stripe on the membrane connecting the maxilla and premaxilla (upper jaw bones), yellow eyes and a blue supraorbital rim.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Owstonia fallax in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Nov 2017, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5290

Deceitful Bandfish, Owstonia fallax Smith-Vaniz & Johnson 2016

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Distribution

Known from off Hinchinbrook Island, Queensland and New Caledonia in depths of 170 and 250 m.

Colour

Dorsal fin uniformly pale; membrane connecting maxilla and premaxilla with prominent black stripe extending to near anterior end of premaxilla, and inner membrane covering posterior part of dentary pale in holotype and dark in other specimen. In a note with the New Caledonia specimen, Fourmanoir recorded the life coloration as “body pink, eyes yellow, supraorbital rim blue.”

Etymology

The specific name fallax is from the Latin fallax (deceitful, false), in reference to its superficial resemblance to Owstonia hastata.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Deceitful Bandfish, Owstonia fallax Smith-Vaniz & Johnson 2016

References


Smith-Vaniz, W.F. & Johnson, G.D. 2016. Hidden diversity in deep-water bandfishes: review of Owstonia with descriptions of twenty-one new species (Teleostei: Cepolidae: Owstoniinae). Zootaxa 4187(1): 1–103. PDF Open access

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37380011

Depth:170 m

Max Size:11 cm SL

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