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The affinities of European sand gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae)
McKay, S.I.; Miller, P.J. (1997). The affinities of European sand gobies (Teleostei: Gobiidae). J. Nat. Hist. 31(10): 1457-1482.
In: Journal of Natural History. Taylor & Francis: London. ISSN 0022-2933; e-ISSN 1464-5262, more
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    Biogeny > Phylogeny
    Gobiidae Cuvier, 1816 [WoRMS]; Nesogobius Whitley, 1929 [WoRMS]
Author keywords
    Sand gobies; lateral line; premaxilla; meristics

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  • McKay, S.I.
  • Miller, P.J.

    The European ‘sand-goby’ genera, comprising the Atlantic-Mediterranean Pomatoschistus and Gobiusculus, Ponto-Caspian Knipowitschia and West Balkanian Economidichthys, are diagnosed, with special reference to patterns of infraorbital neuromast organs (sensory papillae). A survey of selected meristic features indicates synapomorphies in increased number of abdominal and caudal vertebrae, and additional interneural spaces between first and second dorsal fin pterygiophores. Absence of a crest-like postmaxillary process on the premaxilla was found to be another derived feature after a survey of this bone throughout the Gobioidei. Affinity with other Atlantic-Mediterranean genera (Deltentosteus, Buenia, Lebetus and, probably, Speleogobius) is established from both morphological and isozyme criteria. Using head lateral-line and meristic characters, as well as occurrence of the premaxilla crest, a search for a sister group has led to the Indo-Pacific Nesogobius, a genus endemic to southern Australian seas, and probable wider relationship to North-western Pacific endemic gobiids.

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