Torpedo formosa sp. nov., a new species of electric ray: (Chondrichthyes: Torpediniformes: Torpedinidae) from Taiwan

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Haas, D. L., & Ebert, D. A. (2006). Torpedo formosa sp. nov., a new species of electric ray: (Chondrichthyes: Torpediniformes: Torpedinidae) from Taiwan. Zootaxa, (1320), 1-14.
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TitleTorpedo formosa sp. nov., a new species of electric ray: (Chondrichthyes: Torpediniformes: Torpedinidae) from Taiwan
AuthorsL. Haas, A. Ebert
AbstractA new species of torpedo ray, Torpedo formosa, sp. nov., is described from specimens collected from northeastern Taiwan. The new species is placed in the subgenus Tetronarce based on a uniform purplish dorsal coloration and the absence of papillae around the spiracles. It is distinct from the sympatric T. tokionis, the only other known Torpedo (Tetronarce) species from the western North Pacific, by a disc that is wider than long, a shorter tail, a greater number of spiral valve turns, and its dorsal coloration. It has been misidentified as T. nobiliana, but is distinguished from it by having longer snout and spiracle lengths, a lower vertebral count, and a caudal fin height that is greater than the distance from the first dorsal origin to the caudal fin origin. This new species, at present, is known only from the northeast coast of Taiwan between Keelung and Suao primarily at depths of less than 300m. Copyright © 2006 Magnolia Press.
JournalZootaxa
Date2006
Issue1320
Start page1
End page14
ISSN11755326
SubjectsChondrichthyes, Discopyge ommata, Torpedinidae, Torpediniformes, Torpedo nobiliana, Torpedo tokionis
NoteCited By (since 1996):1, Fish & Fisheries

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