Anderson's Viviparous Brotula, Microbrotula andersoni Schwarzhans & Nielsen 2011


Holotype of Anderson's Viviparous Brotula, Microbrotula andersoni, from Ethel Beach, Christmas Island, WAM P..26084-004. Source: Schwarzhans & Nielsen (2011) The Beagle 27: Fig. 1A. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
This small cryptic live bearing cusk shelters in reef crevices.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Microbrotula andersoni in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Aug 2020, http://136.154.202.208/Home/species/4812

Anderson's Viviparous Brotula, Microbrotula andersoni Schwarzhans & Nielsen 2011

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Distribution

Occurs at Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean.

Features

Dorsal fin 70; Anal fin 59; Pectoral fin 19; Caudal fin 8;  Posterior mandibular pores 3; Lower preopercular pores 2; Vertebrae 11+35=46. 
Distinguishing characters: anterior dorsal fin ray above vertebra 8; anterior anal fin ray below dorsal fin ray 14; anterior anal fin ray below vertebra 13; head with separated scale patches on cheeks, operculum and occiput; papillae confined on anterior part of head; hidden, forward-curved spine at lower angle of preopercle;palatine teeth absent.

Etymology

The species is named in honour of M. Eric Anderson of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, for his contributions to the knowledge of the genus Microbrotula.

Species Citation

Microbrotula andersoni Schwarzhans & Nielsen 2011, The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 27: 151. Type locality: Christmas Island, Indian Ocean [10°29'S, 105°40'E], depth 40-45 m.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Resources

Australian Faunal Directory

Anderson's Viviparous Brotula, Microbrotula andersoni Schwarzhans & Nielsen 2011

References


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. 

Hobbs, J-P.A., Newman, S.J., Mitsopoulos, G.E.A., Travers, M.J., Skepper, C.L., Gilligan, J.J., Allen, G.R., Choat, H.J. & Ayling, A.M. 2014. Checklist and new records of Christmas Island fishes: the influence of isolation, biogeography and habitat availability on species abundance and community composition. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology Supplement 30: 184–202 

Schwarzhans, W. & Nielsen, J. G. 2011. Revision of the genus Microbrotula (Teleostei: Bythitidae), with description of two new species and a related new genus. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 27: 147-160

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37228115

Depth:40-45 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:5.2 cm SL

Native:Endemic (AUS EEZ)

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