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The genus Bascanichthys (Pisces: Ophichthidae) in the Gulf of Mexico
Leiby, M.M.; Yerger, R.W. (1980). The genus Bascanichthys (Pisces: Ophichthidae) in the Gulf of Mexico. Copeia 3: 402-408
In: Copeia. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists: New York, N.Y., etc.. ISSN 0045-8511, more
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    Geographical distribution; Life history; Synonymy; Taxonomy; Bascanichthys bascanium (Jordan, 1884) [WoRMS]; Bascanichthys scuticaris (Goode & Bean, 1880) [WoRMS]; Bascanichthys teres; Ophichthidae Günther, 1870 [WoRMS]; Pisces [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • Leiby, M.M.
  • Yerger, R.W.

    The taxonomic history of Bascanichthys in the west Atlantic is reviewed. B. scuticar is is redescribed: B. teres is considered a synonym of B. scuticaris; B. bascanium is redescribed and a neotype is designated. B. scuticar is is distinguished from B. bascanium chiefly by preanal vertebral number (79-89 vs 94-101), pectoral-fin width and head length. The ecology and geographic distribution of the two recognized species are discussed; comments are made on their biology and life histories.

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