Eclipse-spot Razor Wrasse, Iniistius bakunawa Sorgon, Tea, Meren & Nañola 2023


Summary:
A pale yellowish to jade-green razor wrasse with a large black and white ellipsoid ocellus on the rear edge of the dorsal fin, and orange-yellow dorsal and anal fins with metallic blue wavy markings.

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2023, Iniistius bakunawa in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jul 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/5722

Eclipse-spot Razor Wrasse, Iniistius bakunawa Sorgon, Tea, Meren & Nañola 2023

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Distribution

Northwest of the Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species is known from the Philippines - artisinal markets in Panay, Cebu, Bohol and Jolo islands. 
Inhabits sandy areas, and the Australian specimens were trawled at depths of 54-57 m.

Features

Dorsal fin IX,12; Anal fin III,12; Pectoral fin 12; Caudal fin (principal rays) 6+6, procurrent rays 6+5; Gill rakers 4–6 + 8–11 = 12–17; Scales rows (horizontal) on cheek 7; Dorsal scales on opercle 2; Lateral-line scales (tubed) 23-26; Vertebrae 9+16.
Gill rakers short, bearing teeth.

Fisheries

All known specimens were taken in trawls.

Etymology

The species is named after Bakunawa, “a serpentine or draconic figure in Visayan mythology believed to be responsible for causing an eclipse by devouring the moon.”

Species Citation

Iniistius bakunawa Sorgon, Tea, Meren & Nañola, 2023, Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 71: 512, Figs. 1-4. Type locality: Loay fish market, Bohol, Philippines.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2023

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Eclipse-spot Razor Wrasse, Iniistius bakunawa Sorgon, Tea, Meren & Nañola 2023

References


Sorgon, K.E.S., Tea, Y.K., Meren, J.C., and Nañola Jr., C.L. 2023. Iniistius bakunawa, a new species of razor wrasse (Teleostei: Labridae) from the Philippines and Western Australia. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 71: 511-519. See ref online

Quick Facts


Depth:54-57 m

Habitat:Sandy areas

Max Size:17.2 cm SL

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map