Genus Dotalabrus


Summary:

The genus Dotalabrus contains two species, both endemic to southern Australia. Dotalabrus differs from related genera in having the anterior pair of canines recurved strongly forward, reduced lateral jaw dentition with only 6-7 lateral jaw teeth; laterosensory canal tube bifurcate (simple, unbranched in juveniles); branchiostegal rays 5 (versus 6); pectoral-fin rays ii, l0 (versus ii, 11-12 in other pseudolabrine genera).

Body moderately deep, compressed; head moderate, dorsal profile convex; eye moderately large, upper jaw not reaching front of eye; jaws with a single row of small canine teeth, anterior pair enlarged and curved strongly forward. Body scales moderately large; scales absent from head except for 1-2 rows on cheeks and 8-10 large scales on opercle; lateral line bent abruptly downwards below rear of soft dorsal fin; dorsal fin of uniform height; caudal fin truncate.

Dotalabrus Whitley, 1930: 251. Type species Cheilinus aurantiacus Castelnau, 1872.

Key to the species of Dotalabrus

Pelvic fins clear; first dorsal-fin spine moderately short, 5.1–7.9 in HL       Dotalabrus alleni

Pelvic fins dusky; first dorsal-fin spine moderately long, 3.7–7.9 in HL       Dotalabrus aurantiacus

Author: Bray, D.J. 2022

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2022, Dotalabrus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 28 Nov 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/genus/459

References


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