Review Of The Gobioid Fishes Of The Chagos Archipelago Central Indian Ocean
- A two-and-a-half month fish-collecting expedition to the Chagos Archipelago yielded specimens of 98 species (in 36 genera) of gobioid fishes. Ninety species belong to the Gobiidae, three to the Eleotrididae, one to the Kraemeriidae, and four to the Microdesmidae. Additional species, not collected by us, are Paragunnellichthys fehlmani (Microdesmidae), described from five specimens collected at Diego Garcia, and Paragobiodon echinocephalus, represented by material in the British Museum (Natural History) collected by the Gardiner Expedition. Thus, the total known gobioid fauna of the archipelago is 100 species in 37 genera. Detailed descriptions and figures are given for 52 species, and short desriptions for 4 species. Forty-four species either are under active review by our colleagues or are represented in quite adequate existing descriptions and figures, and we simply list our material (with a figure of a freshly dead specimen where available). For those species with relatively well known geographic ranges (n = 43), 51% had an Indo-Pacific distribution and 30% were restricted to the Indo-west Pacific (west of the Andesite line).
- Winterbottom Richard , Emery Alan .
- fish, fish, Gobiidae