Striped Hogfish, Terelabrus zonalis Fukui 2018


TA Striped Hogfish, erelabrus zonalis (QM I.41018), from NW of Myrmidon Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Source: James Foster, Fig. 4, in Shepherd et al. 2023. Zoological Studies 62(8): 1-13. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A pale pink hogfish becoming silvery-white below, with about 25 regularly-spaced vertical pink bars along the side, a yellow stripe from the snout to the gill cover, three yellow stripes behind the eye, a red iris with a yellow margin, and a dark spot just before the pectoral-fin base. The species has a pink caudal fin with bright yellow stripes on the upper and lower margins.

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Bray, D.J. 2024, Terelabrus zonalis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5731

Striped Hogfish, Terelabrus zonalis Fukui 2018

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Distribution

NW of Myrmidon Reef, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, taken on a dropline at a depth of 135 metres. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Philippines.

Size

Dorsal fin X,11; Anal fin III,12; Pectoral fin 15, all branched except first and second; Pelvic fin I,5;Caudal fin, principal rays 14, branched caudal rays 12, dorsal and ventral series of procurrent caudal-fin rays 9; dorsal and ventral series of segmented unbranched caudal-fin rays 2; dorsal and ventral series of branched caudal-fin rays 6; Gill rakers 11-12; Lateral line, pored scales 42; Longitudinal scale series 44; Scale rows above lateral line to dorsal-fin origin 3; Scale rows below lateral line to anal-fin origin 10; Vertebrae 11+17.
Body elongate, cylindrical, slightly compressed anteriorly, becoming more compressed posteriorly. Snout moderately short, pointed. Eye extremely large. Interorbital space slightly convex. Body depth 14.7-16.4 % SL; body width 11.4-12.8 % SL; head length 30.4-31.9 % SL; snout length 6.4-6.8 % SL; orbit diameter 8.6-8.8 % SL; interorbital width 3.7-4.2 % SL.

Colour

A slender cylindrical pale pink hogfish becoming silvery-white below, with about 25 regularly-spaced vertical pink bars (interspersed with the silvery-white body coloration) from behind the pectoral fins to the caudal peduncle, a distinct yellow stripe from the snout through eye to the gill cover, three yellow stripes behind the eye, a red iris with a yellow margin, and a dark spot just before the pectoral-fin base. The caudal fin is pink with bright yellow stripes on the upper and lower margins.

Similar Species

Differs from other species of Terelabrus in having the following combination of characters: 44 longitudinal series scale rows, 42 pored lateral-line scales, 11–12 gill rakers (including rudiments), the main supratemporal sensory canal with 8 branches posteriorly, the area bounded by the main supratemporal and postotic sensory canals (dorsal view) with 3 scale rows, the least distance between the orbit anteroventral margin and interopercle 7.0% of standard length and 18 faint silver vertical bands on the body in preserved specimens. 

Etymology

The specific name zonalis is from the Latin zona (= stripes), in reference to the numerous vertical stripes (bars) on the body.

Species Citation

Terelabrus zonalis Fukui 2018, Zootaxa 4526(1): 85, Figs. 1-2. Type locality: Off south coast of Mindoro island, the Philippines, 12°7ʹ58.8ʺN, 121°16ʹ58.8ʺE, depth 73-84 m.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2024

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Striped Hogfish, Terelabrus zonalis Fukui 2018

References


Fukui, Y  2018. A new species of Terelabrus (Perciformes: Labridae) from the Philippines with a key to species of Terelabrus and new record of Terelabrus dewapyleZootaxa 4526(1): 84-90. https://doi.org/10.11646/ZOOTAXA.4526.1.6

Shepherd, B., Pinheiro, H.T., Phelps, T.A.Y., Siu, G. & Rocha, L.A. 2023. Terelabrus toretore sp. nov. (Perciformes: Labridae), a new species of striped hogfish from Tahiti, with range extensions for two congeners. Zoological Studies 62(8): 1-13.https://doi.org/10.6620/ZS.2023.62-08

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Depth:120-140 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:64 mm SL

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