oa African Zoology - The taxonomic status of Apogon enigmaticus Smith, 1961 (Teleostei, Apogonidae)

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



The validity of the cardinal fish species Apogon enigmaticus, descriptionbed by Smith (1961) from a single specimen, is reassessed in view of a recent discovery of a second specimen of this species, collected by Smith, in the J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology. Both fish were re-identified as specimens of A. apogonides (Bleeker, 1856) on the basis of dentition, pigmentation, and counts of pectoral-fin rays, gill rakers and predorsal scales. A. enigmaticas is therefore regarded as a junior synonym of A. apogonides.

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