E-FAS, vol. 18, no. 4, pp.401-404, December, 2015
DOI. http://dx.doi.org/10.5657/FAS.2015.0401

Revision of the Scientific Name for “Min-be-do-ra-chi”
Identified Previously as Zoarchias glaber in Korea

Hyuck Joon Kwun1 and Jin-Koo Kim2

1 National Marine Biodiversity Institute of Korea, Seocheon 33662, Korea
2 Department of Marine Biology, Pukyong National University, Busan 48513, Korea

The Korean stichaeid fish “Min-be-do-ra-chi”, reported previously as Zoarchias glaber, is reviewed taxonomically and described based on a single specimen collected from Jeju Island, Korea. “Min-be-do-ra-chi” was identified as Z. major by the following morphological characteristics: U-shaped markings on the dorsal and anal fins, 31 dorsal fin spines, 78 dorsal fin soft rays, 87 anal fin soft rays, and 109 vertebrae. In contrast, Z. glaber has triangular markings on the dorsal and anal fins, 92-96 anal fin soft rays, and 112-122 vertebrae. Therefore, our results suggest that the scientific name of this species reported previously as Z. glaber should be changed to Z. major.

Keyword : Zoarchias major, Zoarchias glaber, Comments, Scientific name, Description

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