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Prionotus murielae Mowbray, 1928 is the juvenile of the Bandtail Searobin Prionotus ophryas (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes: Triglidae).

Victor, Benjamin C.; Ianniello, Linda


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{
  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.3962673", 
  "container_title": "Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation,", 
  "title": "Prionotus murielae Mowbray, 1928 is the juvenile of the Bandtail Searobin  Prionotus ophryas (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes: Triglidae).", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
      [
        2020, 
        7, 
        27
      ]
    ]
  }, 
  "abstract": "<p>For almost a century, a single small holotype specimen of the searobin <em>Prionotus murielae</em> Mowbray, 1928 from Bahamas has been considered a valid species. The diagnostic character for the species is two long filamentous uppermost pectoral-fin rays, otherwise every author agreed it was essentially the same as the Bandtail Searobin, <em>Prionotus</em> <em>ophryas</em> Jordan &amp; Swain, 1885. Recent underwater photographs show juvenile <em>P. ophryas</em> have a filamentous uppermost pectoral-fin ray and a juvenile specimen from trawls in the Gulf of Mexico has the two long filamentous rays. The specimen was sequenced for the mtDNA-barcode COI marker and it matched all other <em>P. ophryas</em> sequences available. The early stages of <em>P. ophryas</em> are documented here, with a spectacularly colorful, newly settled stage with bright-blue fin spots. The pelagic larvae also show the blue spots, and a transforming individual, showing all the features of a juvenile, was photographed while still pelagic in deep waters off South Florida. The larval stage closely resembles the larvae of the invasive lionfish, <em>Pterois volitans</em>, but has a different color pattern, number, and arrangement of pectoral-fin rays.</p>", 
  "author": [
    {
      "family": "Victor, Benjamin C."
    }, 
    {
      "family": "Ianniello, Linda"
    }
  ], 
  "page": "76-85", 
  "volume": "35", 
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "id": "3962673"
}
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