Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 15 Issue 2

Systematic status of species of the subfamily Heteromycterinae, with description of Heteromycteris normani Chabanaud, a new record for the Indian Sea.

Asha Joglekar

Chabanaud (1935) synonimised several species of Heteromycteris Kaup with Heteromycteris japonica (Temminck & Schelgel). Some of these he retained only as sub-species. This drastic step has caused a lot of confusion in taxonomy of subfamily Heteromycterinae. Systematic status of these species is discussed critically. Heteromycteris normani Chabanaud is established as a valid species and described as a new record for Indian Seas. A key for the identification of the species of genus Heteromycteris is also given.

Date : 31-12-1973