Gnatholepis thompsoni

photo by J. Van Tassell

photo by Peter Wirtz        

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IDENTIFICATION

Head Pores - Cephalic lateral canal system with pores A',B,C,D(S),F,H' and K',L' and preopercle canal with pores M',N,'O'

Scales - Scales all ctenoid wit about 34 large scales in lateral series; cheek and opercle completely scaled.

Fins - D1 - VI; D2 - 12; anal - 12; pectoral - 17; pelvic I,5 all rays branched, fin a complete disk with frenum, ovate in shape and extending to the origin of the anal fin. Counts from a single specimen from the Canary Islands.

Head -

Papillae - A transverse pattern with row d separated into two widely separate sections, the posterior section consisting of only 4-6 papillae; first three vertical rows extend about 1/2 the distance from the orbit to row d; rows 4,5,6 are short and near the orbit only; row b short with one vertical row at the anterior end extending from row b to the level of row d.

Color - A prominent gold spot above pectoral fin and a dark vertical bar under the eye distinguish this species; body and fins with small brown spots in longitudinal rows, a series of 5-6 vertical brown bands on body.

Distribution -In the western Atlantic: Bermuda, Florida, Bahamas, Antilles and Central American coast; In the eastern Atlantic known from the Cape Verdi, Canary Islands and Madeira. A recent introduction to the Canary Islands as of 1998-99. Now abundant along the south shore of Gran Canaria from Puerto Rico to Mogan(J. Van Tassell, pers. observations).

Habitat -

Notes - This species has recently invaded the Canary Islands. It is very common in areas of Gran Canaria and was also found on Lanzarote by J. Van Tassell in Oct. 2000


photo by Anniemarie Kramer from Curacao