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First record of Satyrichthys laticeps and second record of Satyrichthys kikingeri (Teleostei: Peristediidae) from the Maldives Archipelago (Indian Ocean)

  • Claudia Pogoreutz (a1) (a2), Simon Vitecek (a3) and Harald Ahnelt (a4)


Four specimens of the peristediid genus Satyrichthys were sampled with bottom long-lines from a depth of 180 m during the VA ‘Farumas’ Reef Fish Survey off North Malé Atoll, Maldives, in 1999. The largest and smallest of these specimens were deposited at Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (BPBM 34965, standard length (SL) 278.25 mm; BPBM 41160, SL 413.65 mm). Based on measurements and meristic counts, BPBM 34965 is characterized as Satyrichthys laticeps and BPBM 41160 is characterized as Satyrichthys cf. kikingeri. Satyrichthys laticeps is not only recorded for the first time for the Republic of the Maldives, but also complements distribution data on the species in the north-eastern Indian Ocean. Satyrichthys kikingeri, hitherto known only from a single specimen collected in 2012 from Rasdhoo Atoll in the Maldives, is now documented by a second specimen.


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Correspondence should be addressed to: C. Pogoreutz, Department of Ecology, Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology GmbH, D-28359 Bremen, Germany email:


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