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First record of colour abnormalities in the bocon toadfish Amphichthys cryptocentrus (Valenciennes 1837) (Teleostei: Batrachoididae)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 September 2015

Cláudio L.S. Sampaio
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Unidade de Ensino Penedo, Av. Beira Rio, s/no, Centro Histórico, Penedo, AL, 57.200-000, Brazil
José De Anchieta C.C. Nunes
Affiliation:
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Biomonitoramento and Laboratório de Ecologia Bentônica, Instituto de Biologia; Universidade Federal da Bahia, R. Barão de Geremoabo, s/no, Ondina, Salvador, BA, 40.170-000, Brazil
Raphael M. Macieira
Affiliation:
Laboratório de Ictiologia Aplicada – Labpeixe; Complexo Biopráticas, Universidade Vila Velha – UVV, R. Comissário José Dantas de Melo, 21, Boa Vista, Vila Velha, ES, 29.102-770, Brazil
José Amorim Reis-Filho*
Affiliation:
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Biomonitoramento and Laboratório de Ecologia Bentônica, Instituto de Biologia; Universidade Federal da Bahia, R. Barão de Geremoabo, s/no, Ondina, Salvador, BA, 40.170-000, Brazil
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Correspondence should be addressed to: J.A. Reis-Filho, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ecologia e Biomonitoramento and Laboratório de Ecologia Bentônica, Instituto de Biologia; Universidade Federal da Bahia, R. Barão de Geremoabo, s/no, Ondina, Salvador, BA, 40.170-000, Brazil email: amorim_agua@yahoo.com.br
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Abstract

The batrachoidid Amphichthys cryptocentrus is an estuarine reef-associated species, characterized by a body of a uniformly dark background colour and head greatly depressed. We report colour abnormalities for this species, based on two specimens collected in the south-western Atlantic. Additionally, morphometric data and information about the species’ feeding habits and reproduction are provided. One specimen (most of the body was non-pigmented) exhibited small dark spots over a uniformly white body, but eyes were normally pigmented. Another specimen (totally non-pigmented) was oculocutaneous albino, lacked body pigmentation and eyes were pink-reddish translucent. Potential effects of these colour abnormalities on their ecology and behaviours are discussed.

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