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First record of colour abnormalities in the bocon toadfish Amphichthys cryptocentrus (Valenciennes 1837) (Teleostei: Batrachoididae)
Sampaio, C.L.S.; Nunes, J.D.A.C.C.; Macieira, R.M.; Reis-Filho, J.A. (2015). First record of colour abnormalities in the bocon toadfish Amphichthys cryptocentrus (Valenciennes 1837) (Teleostei: Batrachoididae). Marine Biodiversity Records 8: e136. hdl.handle.net/10.1017/s1755267215001074
In: Marine Biodiversity Records. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, more
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Keywords
    Albinism; Amphichthys cryptocentrus (Valenciennes, 1837) [WoRMS]; Batrachoididae Jordan, 1896 [WoRMS]; Brackish water
Author keywords
    Batrachoidids; Hypomelanosis; Estuarine-reef fish

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  • Sampaio, C.L.S.
  • Nunes, J.D.A.C.C.
  • Macieira, R.M.
  • Reis-Filho, J.A.

Abstract
    The batrachoidid Amphichthys cryptocentrus is an estuarine reef-associated species, characterized by a body of a uniformly dark background colour and head greatly depressed. We report colour abnormalities for this species, based on two specimens collected in the south-western Atlantic. Additionally, morphometric data and information about the species’ feeding habits and reproduction are provided. One specimen (most of the body was non-pigmented) exhibited small dark spots over a uniformly white body, but eyes were normally pigmented. Another specimen (totally non-pigmented) was oculocutaneous albino, lacked body pigmentation and eyes were pink-reddish translucent. Potential effects of these colour abnormalities on their ecology and behaviours are discussed.

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