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First Record of Icelus toyamensis (Scorpaeniformes: Cottidae) from the East Sea, Korea

  • Received : 2012.05.24
  • Accepted : 2012.08.20
  • Published : 2012.10.31

Abstract

A three specimen of Icelus toyamensis, belonging to Cottidae, Scorpaeniformes, was firstly collected from the East Sea, Korea during 2007-2009. We herein described the species as the first record from Korea on the basis of these specimens. Icelus toyamensis is characterized by the following morphological combinations: spinous scales absent on the base of dorsal fin; small ctenoid scales scattered on body sides; gill rakers are short, tubular, and relatively broad; the uppermost preopercular spine is sharp and simple; dorsal fin rays VIII-IX, 20-21; anal fin soft rays 18-19; pectoral fin rays 18, and vertebrae 40-41. New Korean name of I. toyamensis is proposed as "Min-jul-ga-si-hoet-dae."

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