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5 New Species Of Forams From Raja13.7 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): Meena Förderer and Martin R. Langer
Tags: Raja Ampat, Indonesia, Coral Triangle, Foraminifera, Tropical reefs, Benthic, Protists
Description: Raja Ampat is an archipelago of about 1,500 small islands located northwest off the Bird's Head Peninsula of Indonesia's West Papua province. It is part of the Coral Triangle, a region recognized as the ``epicenter'' of tropical marine biodiversity. In the course of a large-scale survey on shallow benthic foraminifera we have discovered one new genus and five new species of recent miliolid benthic foraminifera from the highly diverse reefal and nearshore environments. All new species are comparatively rare and occur sporadically in the sample material. Detailed morphological descriptions, scanning electron microscopy pictures of complete and dissected specimens as well as microcomputed
tomography images are provided.
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A New Cardinalfish of the Genus Apogonichthyoides (Perciformes, Apogonidae) from Raja Ampat Islands, with a key to species0.5 MiB | June 3, 2014
Author(s): Thomas Fraser; Gerald Allen
Tags: Raja Ampat, cardinalfish, Misool, Fiabacet
Description: Another deep-water cardinal fish of the genus Apogonichthyoides is described from Fiabacet Island, Western Papua, Indonesia.
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A new species and genus of a large and unusual freshwater hardyhead, Sashatherina giganteus (Pisces: Atherinidae) from West Papua, Indonesia and a comparison with its closest relatives of the genus Craterocephalus0.4 MiB | April 29, 2014
Author(s): Walter Ivantsoff; Gerald Allen
Tags: Kaimana, freshwater, Triton Lakes, hardyhead
Description: Over the last several decades it has become possible to collect in western New Guinea, now known as the Indonesian province of West Papua. Two collectors, Heiko Bleher and
the second author, have collected at different times and brought back, amongst other species, some unusual specimens of a large hardyhead from Lake Lakamora (part of Triton
Lakes complex, sometimes also known as Lake Laamora, at 3°41’S 134°17’E).
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A NEW SPECIES OF RAINBOWFISH (MELANOTAENIIDAE) FROM WESTERN NEW GUINEA (WEST PAPUA PROVINCE, INDONESIA)0.6 MiB | April 29, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Renny Hadiaty
Tags: Kaimana, rainbowfish, freshwater, Melanotaenia, Lake Furnusu
Description: A new species of rainbowfish, Melanotaenia mairasi, is described on the basis of 22 specimens, 12.1–54.2 mm SL, collected in November 2010 at Lake Furnusu in the Bird’s Neck region of Kaimana Regency, West Papua Province, Indonesia.
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A new species of rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae: Melanotaenia), from Batanta Island, western New Guinea0.4 MiB | April 29, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Peter Unmack
Tags: Raja Ampat, rainbowfish, freshwater, Melanotaenia, Batanta
Description: A new species of rainbowfish, Melanotaenia synergos, is described on the basis of 45 specimens, 24.1-63.3 mm SL, collected in 1998 at Batanta Island, western New Guinea
(Papua Barat Province, Indonesia).
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A New Species of the Cardinalfish genus Siphamia (Perciformes, Apogonidae) from West Papua, Indonesia3.2 MiB | November 17, 2014
Author(s): OFER GON; GERALD R. ALLEN; MARK V. ERDMANN; GAVIN GOUWS
Tags: West Papua, endemic, cardinalfish, Misool, light organ
Description: A new species of the cardinalfish genus Siphamia is described from specimens collected in the Province of West Papua, Indonesia, at depths of 50–72 m.
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A new species of Trimma (Teleostei: Gobidae) from Indonesia and Timor Leste2.0 MiB | February 18, 2019
Author(s): Richard Winterbottom, Mark Erdmann, Ronald Mambrasar
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Description: A new species of gobiid fish, Trimma putrai, is described from 4 localities in Indonesia and Timor-Leste (Bali, Flores, Raja Ampat Islands, as well as Atauro Island in Timor-Leste). It shares a combination of features with three other species: scales present on the predorsal midline and upper opercle; no scales on the cheek; the second spine of the first dorsal fin elongate and reaching beyond the origin of the second dorsal fin when adpressed; at least some branched pectoral-fin rays; a branched fifth pelvic-fin ray; and the absence of deep narrow trenches
between and behind the eyes. It differs from the three species primarily in color pattern, having yellow, orange, or red bars on the cheek and yellow-to-red spots on the anterior body that lack discrete dark centers.
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Acentrogobius limarius, a new species of goby (Pisces: Gobiidae) from West Papua Province, Indonesia7.1 MiB | September 21, 2015
Author(s): Dr. Gerald Allen, Dr. Mark V. Erdmann, Renny K. Hadiaty
Tags: Raja Ampat, new species, goby, Batanta
Description: A new species belonging to the gobiid genus Acentrogobius is described from mud-bottom habitat in 26 meter's depth on the island of Batanta in the Raja Ampat Islands of West Papua, Indonesia
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Atelomycterus erdmanni, a new species of catshark (Scyliorhinidae: Carcharhiniformes) from Indonesia4.3 MiB | April 13, 2015
Author(s): Fahmi; William White
Tags: taxonomy, research, catshark, Lembeh, Ambon
Description: A new species of catshark of the genus Atelomycterus is described from eastern Indonesia based on two type specimens. Atelomycterus erdmanni is closely related to A. baliensis and A. marmoratus, being sympatric with the latter.
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Atlas of benthic foraminifera from coral reefs of the Raja Ampat Archipelago47.2 MiB | September 10, 2019
Author(s): Meena Förderer and Martin R. Langer
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Description: Raja Ampat (Indonesia) is a remote archipelago west of Papua mainland and situated at the eastern edge of the Coral Tri- angle. The archipelago is considered one of the species-richest and most pristine localities and home to the world’s most diverse coral reefs. For centuries, reefs of Raja Ampat have enjoyed natural protection and remained largely untouched due to their isolated location. The region represents a key area for evaluating richness and biogeographic patterns of tropical shallow-water organisms, yet the foraminiferal fauna of Raja Ampat is virtually unexplored.
Benthic foraminifera are an integral part of the reef fauna, prolific carbonate producers and essential for reefal accretion and sub- strate stability. Previous studies on Indo-Pacific benthic reef foraminifera indicate that diversity is highest in the Central Indo-Pacific and broadly correlates with diversity patterns of other tropical marine taxa.
This report presents the first illustrated catalog and comprehensive analysis of the structure, composition, and diversity of the spe- cies-rich benthic foraminiferal biotas of the Raja Ampat Archipelago including an assessment of local reef vitality with the Foram- inifera in Reef Assessment and Monitoring (FoRAM) Index.
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Beale Et Al-2019-Diversity And Distributions1.4 MiB | July 5, 2019
Author(s): Calvin S. Beale, Joshua D. Stewart, Edy Setyawan, Abraham B. Sianipar, Mark V. Erdmann
Tags: Manta Ray, Oceanic Manta Ray
Description: Our aim was to collect sightings data on oceanic manta rays (Mobula birostris)
within the Raja Ampat Archipelago to better understand their population dynamics
within the region. These data were compared with environmental variables to
seek correlates that may explain any variations in observed sightings frequency.
Combined, it is hoped this knowledge will be used to aid effective management of
this species in the region.
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Blue Auction Special Edition Aqua3.4 MiB | June 1, 2014
Author(s): Mark Erdmann; Gerald Allen; Anthony Gill; Peter Unmack
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, new species, Blue Auction
Description: This "aqua" special edition includes the description of 11fish species recently discovered in the 183,000 square kilometer Bird's Head Seascape region of Papua Indonesia.
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Cercamia melanogaster, a new species of cardinalfish (Apogonidae) from West Papua, Indonesia7.2 MiB | April 13, 2015
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann; Angka Mahardini
Tags: Raja Ampat, endemic, Kaimana, cardinalfish
Description: A new species of apogonid, Cercamia melanogaster, is described from 11 specimens, 17.1–28.0 mm SL, collected in 15–42 m in the Bird’s Head region of West Papua Province, Indonesia. Genetic evidence is provided to show a high level of divergence in the mtDNA COI marker between the three recognized species in Cercamia, including the new taxon, C. cladara, and C. eremia.
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Cetaceans In Raja Ampat Global Centre Of Diversity0.5 MiB | March 12, 2014
Author(s): Anna Ender; Muhajir; Sangeeta Mangubhai; Joanne Wilson; Purwanto; Andreas Muljadi
Tags: Raja Ampat, Bird's Head Seascape, cetaceans, marine mammals
Description: Indonesia has a diverse range of cetacean species, yet there are few records of their distribution, especially from remote regions. Incidental sightings from aerial surveys were conducted in 2006 and boat-based surveys were conducted from 2006–2011 in Raja Ampat in the Bird’s Head Seascape, Indonesia. This paper is the first to provide a species list and an indication of the spatial and temporal distribution of cetaceans in central and southern Raja Ampat.
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Checklist Of Bird's Head Seascape Reef Fishes 20090.6 MiB | February 26, 2014
Author(s): Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann
Tags: West Papua, coral reef fishes, endemic species, checklist, diversity
Description: A checklist of shallow (to 60 m depth) reef fishes is provided for the Bird’s Head Peninsula region of West Papua,
Indonesia. The area, which occupies the extreme western end of New Guinea, contains the world’s most diverse
assemblage of coral reef fishes. The current checklist, which includes both historical records and recent survey results,
includes 1,511 species in 451 genera and 111 families. Respective species totals for the three main coral reef areas –
Raja Ampat Islands, Fakfak-Kaimana coast, and Cenderawasih Bay – are 1320, 995, and 877. In addition to its
extraordinary species diversity, the region exhibits a remarkable level of endemism considering its relatively small area.
A total of 26 species in 14 families are currently considered to be confined to the region.
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Chrysiptera caesifrons, a new species of damselfish (Pomacentridae) from the south-western Pacific Ocean7.7 MiB | September 21, 2015
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann; Eka Kurniasih
Tags: damselfish; Raja Ampat; Chrysiptera rex; biogeography; cryptic species
Description: Chrysiptera caesifrons is described on the basis of 23 type specimens, 23.3–48.5 mm SL, from the Raja Ampat Islands (West Papua Province), Indonesia, and 184 additional non-types, 17.8–60.7 mm SL, from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Additional records based on photographic evidence and underwater observations include Halmahera and the Solomon Islands.
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Chrysiptera uswanasi1.7 MiB | November 30, 2018
Author(s): Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann, N. K. Dita Cahyani
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Description: Chrysiptera uswanasi, n. sp., the seventh member of the Chrysiptera oxycephala species complex of Pomacentridae, is described on the basis of 10 specimens, 24.7–45.3 mm SL, collected at the Fakfak Peninsula of New Guinea (West Papua Province, Indonesia). The new taxon is a microendemic species, found only in a small area around the
Fakfak Peninsula.
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Cirrhilabrus marinda, a new species of wrasse (Pisces: Labridae) from eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu11.0 MiB | September 21, 2015
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann; Muhammad Dailami
Tags: Raja Ampat, systematics, Ayau, Fairy wrasse, cryptic species, Bupati Marcus Wanma; Wakil Bupati Indra Arfan
Description: A new species of labrid, Cirrhilabrus marinda, is described from 29 type specimens, 17.4–45.9 mm SL, collected at Ayau Atoll, West Papua Province, Indonesia and 7 non-type specimens, 32.0–67.0 mm SL, from Halmahera,Indonesia and the vicinity of Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu.
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Comparative Phylogeography Of Two Seastars And Their Ectosymbionts In Coral Triangle0.8 MiB | June 3, 2014
Author(s): Eric Crandall; Elizabeth Jones; Martha Munoz; Bolanle Akinronbi; Mark Erdmann; Paul Barber
Tags: Cenderawasih Bay, Coral Triangle, Linckia laevigata, Thyca crystallina, Periclemenes soror, Protoreaster nodosus, comparative phylogeography
Description: Repeated exposure and flooding of the Sunda and Sahul shelves during Pleistocene sea-level fluctuations is thought to have contributed to the isolation and diversification of sea-basin populations within the Coral Triangle. This hypothesis has been tested in numerous phylogeographical studies, recovering an assortment of genetic patterns that the authors have generally attributed to differences in larval dispersal capability or adult habitat specificity. This study compares phylogeographical patterns from mitochondrial COI
sequences among two co-distributed seastars that differ in their adult habitat and dispersal ability, and two seastar ectosymbionts that differ in their degree of host specificity.
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Concordance Between Phylogeographic And Biogeographic Boundaries In The Coral Triangle2.8 MiB | July 17, 2014
Author(s): Timery DeBoer; Ma Rio Naguit; Mark Erdmann; Maria Carmen Ablan-Lagman; Ambariyanto; Kent Carpenter; Abdul Toha; Paul Barber
Tags: Cenderawasih Bay, Coral Triangle, giant clams, Tridacna squamosa, crocea, maxima, marine ecoregions, phylogeographic patterns
Description: Marine habitats are in decline worldwide, precipitating a strong interest in marine conservation. The use of biogeographic data to designate ecoregions has had significant impacts on terrestrial conservation efforts. However, classification of marine environments into ecoregions has only become available in the last several years, based on biogeographic data supplemented by geomorphology, ocean currents, and water temperatures. Here we use a comparative phylogeographic approach to test for concordant phylogeographic patterns in three closely related species of Tridacna giant clams across the Coral Triangle, the most biodiverse marine region in the world and one of the most threatened.
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Concordant Phylogenetic Patterns In Tridacna crocea7.3 MiB | June 3, 2014
Author(s): Timery DeBoer; Ma Rio Naguit; Mark Erdmann; Maria Ablan-Lagman; Ambariyanto;Kent Carpenter; Abdul Hamid Toha; Paul Barber
Tags: Phylogeography, Tridacna crocea, microsatellite, genetic
Description: The boring giant clam, Tridacna crocea Lamarck, 1819, is a CITES-listed bivalve that is declining due to overharvest and environmental degradation. Previous molecular studies in the Coral Triangle using mitochondrial DNA indicated the presence of deep phylogenetic divergence and strong phylogeographic structure across this region, suggesting the possibility of multiple cryptic species. In the present study, we compare data from non-recombining mitochondrial (mtDNA; cytochrome oxidase subunit 1, COI) and eight microsatellite loci to better understand patterns of genetic structure and species boundaries in T. crocea populations across Indonesia and the Philippines.
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Concordant Phylogenetic Patterns Inferred From Mitochondrial And Microsatellite DNA In Giant Clam Tridacna crocea3.9 MiB | July 17, 2014
Author(s): Timery DeBoer; Ma Rio Naguit; Mark Erdmann; Maria Carmen Ablan-Lagman; Ambariyanto; Kent Carpenter; Abdul Toha; Paul Barber
Tags: Cenderawasih Bay, Tridacna crocea, cryptic species, phylogeographic structure
Description: The boring giant clam, Tridacna crocea Lamarck, 1819, is a CITES-listed bivalve that is declining due to overharvest and environmental degradation. Previous molecular studies in the Coral Triangle using mitochondrial DNA indicated the presence of deep phylogenetic divergence and strong phylogeographic structure across this region, suggesting the possibility of multiple cryptic species. In the present study, we compare data from non-recombining mitochondrial (mtDNA; cytochrome oxidase subunit 1, COI) and eight microsatellite loci to better understand patterns of genetic structure and species boundaries in T. crocea populations across Indonesia and the Philippines.
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Coral Biodiversity Assessment Dampier Strait0.7 MiB | June 17, 2019
Author(s): YUANIKE, FREDINAN YULIANDA, DIETRIECH G. BENGEN, ROKHMIN DAHURI, JEMMY SOUHOKA
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Description: The waters of Indonesia are home to a very rich biodiversity of corals and reef fish with high economic value. The waters of West Papua’s Bird’s Head Seascape have the highest biodiversity compared with all other areas in Indonesia. Dampier Straits Marine Protected Area has an area of 366.000 hectares and is located among the Raja Ampat marine protected areas.
Hard coral dominates coral reef ecosystems and has important functions and interactions in communities of marine biota. The structure and diversity of hard coral communities is very important to quantify, especially for the management of coral reef ecosystems. The purpose of this research is to identify the diversity of hard coral types, and quantify the condition of hard coral and their distributions in 10 marine stations in Dampier Straits Marine Protected Areas, Raja Ampat.
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Coral Reef Fishes of the Bird’s Head Peninsula, Indonesia0.3 MiB | January 28, 2014
Author(s): Gerald R. Allen
Tags: Cenderawasih Bay, gobies, Fak Fak-Kaimana
Description: A list of fishes was compiled for Cenderawasih Bay (32 sites and 71 hours of scuba
diving) and the Fak Fak-Kaimana Coast (34 sites and 73 hours of diving) to a
maximum depth of 60 m.
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Description Of Calumia eilperini and papuensis gudgeons0.2 MiB | June 1, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, West Papua, endemic, Cenderawasih Bay, gudgeon
Description: Two new species of reef-dwelling eleotrids are described from Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia. Both new species were collected together in 5-12 m depth on a sheltered, near-shore coral reef.
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Description Of Chromis athena Damselfish0.1 MiB | June 1, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: Raja Ampat, endemic, damselfish, Penemu, Fam
Description: A new species of pomacentrid fish, Chromis athena, is described from five specimens, 49.8-54.3 mm SL collected in 62 m depth at the Raja Ampat Islands of western New
Guinea (Papua Barat Province, Indonesia).
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Description Of Chromis unipa and albicauda Damselfish0.4 MiB | June 1, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
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Description: Two new species in the pomacentrid genus Chromis are described from Indonesian seas.
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Description Of Chrysiptera arnazae Damselfish0.2 MiB | March 3, 2010
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann; Paul Barber
Tags: damselfish, PNG, eastern Indonesia
Description: Chrysiptera arnazae is described from 19 specimens, 21.2-33.1 mm SL, from northern Papua New Guinea and eastern Indonesia (Papua Barat Province, Halmahera, and northern Sulawesi). A separate genetic study currently in progress indicates it belongs to a monophyletic clade of four species that includes C. giti (south-western New Guinea and the Togean Islands, Indonesia), C. hemicyanea (southern Sulawesi, Kei Islands, western New Guinea, and Northwest Shelf of Australia), and C. parasema (western Indonesia, Sabah, Philippines, and Ryukyu Islands). The members of this group are characterised by a brilliant blue colouration with variable amounts of yellow on the posterior/ ventral portion of the body. It resembles C. hemicyanea in having mainly yellow pelvic fins (rarely with onehalf to two thirds of fin blue) in contrast to the other two species, which possess entirely blue pelvics. However, it differs from all other members of the group in having a vertically, abrupt transition from blue to yellow posterior to the level of the posteriormost dorsal spines and possessing a combination of blue and yellow on the anal fin (entirely yellow or entirely blue in other species). Genetic data presented here also confirms the separation of this species from its close relatives. A key to the 10 members of the “hemicyanea complex” of Chrysiptera species is provided as well as comparative underwater photographs of the three species most closely related to C. arnazae.
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Description Of Chrysiptera giti Damselfish0.2 MiB | June 1, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: damselfish, Fak Fak, Papua Barat
Description: Chrysiptera giti is described from nine specimens, 23.4- 36.0 mm SL, from the Fak Fak Peninsula of western New Guinea (Papua Barat Province, Indonesia).
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Description Of Cirrhilabrus cenderawasih Fairy Wrasse1.0 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, Cendrawasih Bay, Fairy wrasse, isolation
Description: Cirrhilabrus cenderawasih is described from seven specimens, 38.9-65.1 mm SL, collected at Cenderawasih Bay, Papua, Indonesia. It is closely related to C. walindi from
Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but differs with regards to male color pattern...
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Description Of Corythoichthys benedetto Pipefish0.2 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, West Papua, Triton Bay, pipefish
Description: A new species of pipefish, Corythoichthys benedetto, is described on the basis of five specimens, 59.5-67.6 mm SL, collected in 5 to 15 m depth from rock and coral reefs
at two Indonesian locations including Triton Bay, Papua Barat Province (western New Guinea) and Kabaena Island, off southern Sulawesi.
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Description Of Halichoeres erdmanni Wrasse0.5 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): John Randall; Gerald Allen
Tags: new species, Fak Fak, Kokas, wrasse
Description: Halichoeres erdmanni, new species, described from 10 specimens collected from fringing reef in Berau Bay, West Papua, Indonesia.
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Description Of Hemiscyllium galei and henryi Epaulette Shark0.4 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: West Papua, Triton Bay, Cendrawasih Bay, walking shark, epaulette shark
Description: Two new species of hemiscylliid sharks are described from the Bird’s Head region of western New Guinea (Papua Barat Province, Indonesia). They differ from congeners on the
basis of both colour patterns and DNA composition.
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Description Of Hemiscyllium halmahera Epaulette Shark0.3 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann; Christine Dudgeon
Tags: endemic, Halmahera, walking shark, epaulette shark
Description: Hemiscyllium halmahera new species is described from two specimens, 656-681 mm TL, collected at Ternate, Halmahera, Indonesia. The new species is clearly differentiated
on the basis of colour pattern.
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Description Of Heteroconger mercyae Garden Eel0.2 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, West Papua, Kaimana, garden eel
Description: A new species of heterocongrine garden eel is described fromWest Papua, Indonesia based on 13 specimens, 106.3-678.1 mm TL.
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Description Of Hoplolatilus erdmanni Tilefish0.4 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, endemic, Triton Bay, tilefish
Description: Hoplolatilus erdmanni is described on the basis of two specimens, 129.8-137.2 mm standard length, collected in the vicinity of Triton Bay, Irian Jaya Barat Province (western
New Guinea), Indonesia.
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Description Of Hoplolatilus randalli Tilefish0.3 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann; Alison Hamilton
Tags: tilefish, Western Pacific, fronticinctus, luteus
Description: Hoplolatilus randalli n. sp. is described on the basis of 13 specimens, 46.7-158.2 mm SL, collected at the Banda Islands and West Papua in Indonesia, Luzon in northern Philippines, Palau and Yap in Micronesia, and the Solomon Islands. The species has previously been confused with H. fronticinctus Günther...
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Description Of Lutjanus papuensis Snapper4.8 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; William White; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, West Papua, snapper
Description: Two new species of snappers, genus Lutjanus, are described from Indo-West Pacific seas... Lutjanus papuensis is described from four specimens, 173–259 mm SL, collected at Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua and purchased from fish markets at Bali and western Java, Indonesia. It has also been observed at Timor Leste, northern Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
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Description Of Manonichthys jamali Dottyback0.4 MiB | February 26, 2014
Author(s): Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann
Tags: Papua, dottyback, endemic species, sponge, Pseudochromidae
Description: A new species of Manonichthys Gill, 2004 (Pisces:
Pseudochromidae) from Irian Jaya Barat Province, Indonesia. Zoological Studies 46(5): 541-546.
Manonichthys jamali sp. nov. is described from 11 specimens, 13.3-58.4 mm standard length (SL), collected in
the Fak Fak Peninsula region of Irian Jaya Barat Province (western New Guinea), Indonesia. It was observed
on coral reefs at depths of 9-16 m and was occasionally seen entering sponges of the genus Callyspongia. It
apparently mimics Chromis retrofasciata Weber, 1913, a small pomacentrid fish that exhibits a similar color pattern.
The new taxon is most similar to M. alleni, M. polynemus, and M. splendens from the Indo-Malay
Archipelago, but is distinguished from those species and all other pseudochromines on the basis of the color
pattern, particularly the presence of a prominent black bar across the anterior caudal peduncle and adjacent
posterior body extending onto the basal 1/2 of the last 6-8 dorsal and anal fin rays. Additionally, adults have
fewer predorsal scales than M. polynemus (20-24 vs. 25-30) and a different caudal-fin shape than M. alleni and
M. splendens (emarginate rather than rounded to truncate). http://zoolstud.sinica.edu.tw/Journals/46.5/541.pdf
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Description Of Melanotaenia ammeri And kokasensis Rainbowfishes0.4 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Peter Unmack; Renny Hadiaty
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, endemic, Kaimana, rainbowfishes, Arguni Bay
Description: Two new species of rainbowfishes are described from the southwestern Birds Head region of western New Guinea (Papua Barat Province, Indonesia). Melanotaenia ammeri
n. sp. is described on the basis of 19 specimens, 46.5-82.2 mm SL, collected near Gusimawa Village, Arguni Bay. It is most closely related to M. kokasensis n. sp., also described
as new from 25 specimens, 27.2-68.5 mm SL, collected near Kokas Village on the northern Fakfak Peninsula.
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Description Of Melanotaenia fasinensis, a New Species of Rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) from West Papua, Indonesia2.7 MiB | April 29, 2014
Author(s): Kadarusman; Sudarto; Emmanuel Paradis; Laurent Pouyaud
Tags: rainbowfish, freshwater, Melanotaenia, Ayamaru
Description: A new species of rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) is described from the Bird’s Head Peninsula in West Papua (Indonesia). Melanotaenia fasinensis is described from the Fasin River in the vicinity of Ween village, 25 km W of Lake Ayamaru.
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Description Of Melanotaenia flavipinnis Rainbowfish0.9 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Renny Hadiaty; Peter Unmack
Tags: Raja Ampat, new species, rainbowfish, Misool
Description: A new species of melanotaeniid rainbowfish, Melanotaenia flavipinnis, is described from Misool Island in the Birds Head region of western New Guinea (West Papua
Province, Indonesia). The new taxon is described from 20 specimens...
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Description Of Opistognathus rufolineatus Jawfish0.4 MiB | July 30, 2007
Author(s): Bill Smith-Vaniz; Gerald Allen
Tags: Triton Bay, Indo-Pacific, jawfish
Description: A new species of Indo-West Pacific jawfish, Opistognathus rufilineatus, recently discovered at Triton Bay, Bird’s Head Peninsula, Indonesia (western New Guinea) is described. Two specimens were collected in April 2006 and color photographs and observations of other individuals were made in 2007 during biodiversity surveys conducted by Conservation International. One of at least 25 new species of fishes obtained from the area, the new jawfish is described here to help call attention to the special conservation significance of the Triton Bay type locality that is currently under consideration as a marine protected area. The new species is one of more than 20 undescribed Indo-Pacific jawfishes of the genus Opistognathus under study by the first author. It is distinguished from all other Opistognathus by having uniformly pigmented fins, sides of body with narrow red-brown stripes, outlining each yellow-tan lateral scale row, and cheeks with a few small scattered, dark, brown spots and narrow, short lines.
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Description Of Paracheilinus nursalim Flasher Wrasse0.2 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, endemic, Kaimana, Fak Fak, flasher wrasse
Description: Paracheilinus nursalim is described from 16 male specimens, 39.4-51.0 mm SL, and three females, 20.9-28.9 mm SL, collected at the Fak Fak Peninsula and Triton Bay
area of western New Guinea.
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Description Of Paracheilinus walton Flasher Wrasse0.5 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, West Papua, endemic, Cendrawasih Bay, flasher wrasse
Description: The Indo-Pacific labrid fish Paracheilinus walton is described from four male specimens, 34.8-40.7 mm SL, and two females, 27.7-38.9 mm SL, collected in 46 m at
Yapen Island, Papua, Indonesia.
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Description Of Pictichromis caitlinae Dottyback0.1 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Anthony Gill; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, endemic, Cenderawasih Bay, dottyback
Description: The coral reef fish previously known as Pictichromisaurifrons is shown to consist of two species including P.caitlinae, which is described as new based on eight specimens,26.3-42.6 mm SL, from Cenderawasih Bay, westernNew Guinea. Although both species are known only from New Guinea, the two are geographically separated by approximately 2,700 km of coastline.
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Description Of Pomacentrus fakfakensis Damselfish0.7 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, endemic, Kaimana, damselfish, Fak Fak
Description: Pomacentrus fakfakensis is described from 13 specimens, 17.7–57.0 mm SL, collected at the southern Bird’s Head Peninsula of western New Guinea (Irian Jaya Barat Province, Indonesia). It is distinguished from most similar species in the western Pacific by possessing 14 instead of 13 dorsal-fin spines.
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Description Of Pseudanthias charlenae Fairy Basslet0.1 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, Cenderawasih Bay, fairy basslet, anthia
Description: Pseudanthias charleneae is described from a single specimen, 75.3 mm SL, collected at Cenderawasih Bay, western New Guinea (Papua Province, Indonesia) at a depth of 56 m.
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Description Of Pseudochromis jace Dottyback0.1 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Anthony Gill; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, West Papua, endemic, Triton Bay, dottyback
Description: Pseudochromis jace is described from three specimens, 37.9-62.5 mm SL, collected in the vicinity of Triton Bay, Papua Barat Province (western New Guinea), Indonesia.
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Description Of Pseudochromis matahari Dottyback96 KiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Anthony Gill; Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, endemic, dottyback, Halmahera
Description: Pseudochromis matahari n. sp. is described from the 44.7 mm SL holotype from Halmahera, Indonesia.
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Description Of Pterocaesio monikae Fusilier0.1 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, West Papua, endemic, Cenderawasih Bay, fusilier
Description: A new species of caesionid fish, Pterocaesio monikae, is described on the basis of 21 specimens, 51.8-97.5 mm SL, collected at Cenderawasih Bay, Papua and Papua Barat
provinces, Indonesia during February 2006 and October 2007. It was observed in large schools containing up to several hundred individuals along the upper edge of seaward
reef slopes at depths ranging from the surface to 55 m.
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Description Of Pterois andover Lionfish0.3 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, Cenderawasih Bay, Halmahera, Milne Bay, lionfish
Description: A new species of scorpionfish, Pterois andover, is described on the basis of six specimens, 83.9-168.0 mm SL, collected at southwestern Halmahera and western New Guinea
(Papua and Papua Barat provinces, Indonesia). It has also been photographed at northern Sulawesi and Flores, Indonesia and Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
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Description Of Synchiropus tudorjonesi Dragonet0.1 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: new species, Indonesia, Cendrawasih Bay, dragonet
Description: Synchiropus tudorjonesi is described on the basis of 4 specimens, 21.1-35.5 mm SL, collected at Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, in Indonesia. The species has also been recorded from Bali, Indonesia, from underwater photographs.
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Description Of Trimma helenae Goby3.4 MiB | February 25, 2014
Author(s): Richard Winterbottom, Mark V. Erdmann, and N.K. Dita Cahyani
Tags: Raja Ampat, goby, Penemu, Sea Sanctuaries, Helen Newman
Description: A new species of Trimma, T. helenae, is described from the southeastern lagoon at Penemu Island off the southwest coast
of Waigeo, Raja Ampat, Indonesia.
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Descriptions Of Six New Trimma From Raja Ampat0.6 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Rick Winterbottom
Tags: Raja Ampat, new species, Trimma cheni, Trimma erdmanni, Trimma haimassum, Trimma xanthochrum, Trimma papayum, Trimma habrum
Description: Recent (2010) fieldwork in the Raja Ampat Islands of Indonesia resulted in the collection of seven undescribed species of Trimma, six of which are described here.
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Descriptions Of Three New Opistognathus Jawfish1.1 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): William Smith-Vaniz
Tags: new species, jawfish, Opistognathus randalli, Opistognathus variablis
Description: Six Indo-Pacific jawfishes of the genus Opistognathus, all with the posterior end of the upper jaw produced as a thin flexible lamina, are described.
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DNA barcoding reveals targeted fisheries for endangered sharks in Indonesia0.7 MiB | September 21, 2015
Author(s): Andrianus Sembiring; Ni Putu Dian Pertiwi; Angka Mahardini; Rizki Wulandari; Eka Maya Kurniasihb, Andri Wahyu Kuncoroc, N.K. Dita Cahyania, Aji Wahyu Anggoroa, Maria Ulfad, Hawis Madduppa, Kent E. Carpenter, Paul H. Barber, Gusti Ngurah Mahardikaa,
Tags: West Papua, Indonesia, DNA barcoding, Shark
Description: Sharks are apex predators and keystone species that have a profound influence on the ecology and food-web dynamics of coral reefs and epipelagic marine ecosystems. However, sharks are being heavily overfished compromising the health of the world’s reefs and pelagic environments. Although Indonesia is the world’s largest and most diverse coral reef ecosystem, information on the exploitation of sharks
in this region is scarce. Results of DNA barcoding of shark fin revealed two alarming findings: (1) a rarity of reef sharks that should dominate Indonesia’s coastal ecosystems, and (2) a fishery that targets endangered sharks. The diversity and number of threatened species recovered in this study highlights the urgent need for improved regulation and control of Indonesia’s shark fishery.
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Ecology Of Papua Stomatopods excerpted from The Ecology of Papua, Marshall and Beehler, eds, 20072.3 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Mark Erdmann
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, checklist, stomatopod, crustacean, Vogelkop
Description: The author has been sampling stomatopod crustaceans from around Indonesia and the Coral Triangle region for the past 14 years...Of all the areas studied, the Volkelkop region of north Papua, particularly the Raja Ampat Archipelago, is the most diverse so far.
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Endemic Fishes of the Bird's Head Seascape13.8 MiB | May 5, 2014
Author(s): Mark V. Erdmann
Tags: Biodiversity, taxonomy, endemic species
Description: The Bird’s Head Seascape of West Papua is not only the epicenter of marine biodiversity, it also appears to function as a “species factory”, as evidenced by the large number of reef fishes and other fauna known only from this area. Here we provide descriptions of a number of these endemic species, as well as rare fish species that are known only from the Bird’s Head and specific neighboring regions of northeastern Indonesia or Papua New Guinea.
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Endemic Marine Species of the Bird's Head Seascape0.6 MiB | April 4, 2014
Author(s): Mark V. Erdmann and Gerald R. Allen
Tags: new species, conservation, Biodiversity, taxonomy, endemic species
Description: The Bird’s Head Seascape of West Papua is not only the epicenter of marine biodiversity, it also appears to function as a “species factory”, as evidenced by the large number of reef fishes and other fauna known only from this area. Currently, there are at least 35 coral reef fish species believed to be endemic to the Bird’s Head, with an additional 5 to 40 endemic coral species and 8 endemic mantis shrimp. Below we provide descriptions of a number of these endemic species, as well as rare fish species that are known only from the Bird’s Head and specific neighboring regions of northeastern Indonesia or Papua New Guinea.
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Eviota Gunawanae2.4 MiB | April 8, 2019
Author(s): David W Greenfield, Luke Tornabene, Mark V. Erdmann, Defy N. Pada
Tags:
Description: A new species of dwarfgoby, Eviota gunawanae, with a cephalic sensory-canal pore pattern lacking only the IT and NA pores and with the AITO pore positioned far forward and opening anteriorly, is described from the Fakfak Peninsula in the Bird’s Head Seascape of western New Guinea, West Papua Province, Indonesia. It has a dorsal/ anal-fin-ray formula of 8/7, 16 unbranched pectoral-fin rays, the fifth pelvic-fin ray present, very long anterior tubular nares, a distinctive double black spot at the caudal-fin base, and no narrow horizontal line of melanophores crossing the pectoral-fin base. In life, it has a maroon stripe down the midline of the body, with elongate white spots above it posteriorly and two white lines over the abdomen. E. gunawanae is most closely related to E. tetha. The new species appears to represent the eighth known microendemic fish species from this remote reef location in West Papua, highlighting the biodiversity conservation importance of the Fakfak Peninsula’s reefs.
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Eviota imitata, a new dwarfgoby from Raja Ampat, Indonesia (Teleostei: Gobiidae)4.6 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): David W Greenfield, Luke Tornabene, Dr. Mark V Erdmann
Tags: Raja Ampat, taxonomy, coral reef fishes, ichthyology, systematics, Indo-Pacific Ocean, gobies
Description: A new species of dwarfgoby, Eviota imitata n. sp., is described from Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, based on the holotype and 8 paratypes.
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Eviota tetha, a new species of dwarfgoby from Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia (Teleostei: Gobiidae)7.2 MiB | July 17, 2014
Author(s): Dave Greenfield; Mark Erdmann
Tags: West Papua, endemic, Cenderawasih Bay, dwarfgoby, Tetha Hitipeuw
Description: A new species of dwarfgoby, Eviota tetha, with a cephalic sensory-canal pore pattern lacking only the IT and NA pores and with the AITO pore positioned far forward and opening anteriorly, is described from Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua, Indonesia.
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Excerpt From CI 20 Year RAP Book On BHS RAP Surveys1.4 MiB | March 12, 2014
Author(s): Mark Erdmann; Sheila McKenna; Gerald Allen; Suer Suryadi
Tags: Raja Ampat, Bird's Head Seascape, Kaimana, Cendrawasih Bay, marine RAP, biodiversity surveys
Description: Over the past decade, CI conducted a series of three ground-breaking MarineRAP surveys in the Bird’s Head Seascape (BHS) of Indonesia, including the Raja Ampat MarineRAP (March-April 2001; McKenna and Rylands 2001; McKenna et al. 2002), Teluk Cenderawasih MarineRAP (February 2006), and the Fakfak-Kaimana Coastline MarineRAP (April-May
2006). These surveys, augmented by a Raja Ampat rapid ecological assessment by partner The Nature Conservancy in November 2002 and five follow-up reef fish surveys across the BHS between 2007-2009, have shown conclusively that this area ranks as a top global priority for marine conservation and served as a catalyst to initiate one of CI’s largest marine investments to date.
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Festucalex rufus, a new species of pipefish (Syngnathidae) from Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea0.4 MiB | April 13, 2015
Author(s): Mark V. Erdmann and Gerald R. Allen
Tags: PNG, pipefish, Milne Bay, Festucalex
Description: A new species of syngnathid pipefish, Festucalex rufus is described from Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea on the basis of four specimens, 26.5-37.8 mm SL collected from
coral reef habitat in 10-20 m depth.
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Glossamia arguni, a New Species of Freshwater Cardinalfish (Apogonidae) from West Papua, Indonesia0.2 MiB | April 29, 2014
Author(s): Renny Hadiaty; Gerald Allen
Tags: Kaimana, freshwater, cardinalfish, Arguni, Glossamia
Description: A new species of freshwater cardinalfish, Glossamia arguni, is described on the basis of 13 specimens, 12.8-102.3 mm SL, collected in November 2010 from streams
in the Arguni Bay area of the Bird’s Neck region of Kaimana Regency, West Papua Province, Indonesia.
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Helcogramma atauroensis, a new species of triplefin from Ataúro Island, Timor-Leste, eastern Indian Ocean (Teleostei: Tripterygiidae)3.7 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): Ronald Fricke, Mark V. Erdmann
Tags: taxonomy, coral reef fishes, ichthyology, systematics, Indo-Pacific Ocean, blennies
Description: A new species of triplefin blenny, Helcogramma atauroensis, from Timor-Leste is described on the basis of eight specimens. Revised keys to the H. steinitzi species complex and to all members of the genus in the western Pacific Ocean and Indo-Australian Archipelago are presented.
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Higher Abundance Of Marine Predators And Changes In Fishers' Behavior Following Spatial Protection Within The World's Biggest Shark Fishery3.1 MiB | May 9, 2018
Author(s): Vanessa Jaiteh, Steve Lindfield, Sangeeta Mangubhai, Carol Warren, Ben Fitzpatrick, Neil Loneragan
Tags:
Description: Fisheries are complex social-ecologial systems, where managers struggle to balance the socio-economic interests of fishing communities with the biology and ecology of fisheries species. Spatial closures are a popular measure to address conservation and fisheries management goals; including the protection of shark populations. Placing the context of the research in Indonesia –the global center of tropical marine biodiversity, where the country contributes more to the international shark fin trade than any other country-cum-exporter, the Authors addressed the effectiveness of shark-specific closures to protect sharks, or their impacts on fisher’s behavior. The Authors assessed shark diversity and abundance in an Open Access Zone (OAZ) and two No-Take Zones (NTZs) of a Marine Protected Area (MPA)within the recently-established “Shark Sanctuary” in Raja Ampat, Indonesia; where sharks have high monetary value as a tourism attraction. This Work also highlights interviews with shark fishers, and the changes in their behavior subsequent to the designation of “Shark Sanctuary.”
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Keanekaragaman Hayati Ikan Di Teluk Arguni5.3 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Renny Hadiaty; Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: Kaimana, keanekaragaman, ikan, Teluk Arguni, jenis, endemik
Description: Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (LIPI) telah melakukan penelitian di wilayah Papua dengan nama ekspedisi Wilayah Nusantara (EWIN). Penelitian dilakukan selama dua tahun di wilayah Raja Ampat, Papua Barat. Pada tahun 2007 penelitian dilakukan di Pulau Waigeo, sedangkan tahun 2008 di Pulau Batanta. Hasil penelitian di kedua pulau tersebut mengindikasikan tingginya tingkat endemisitas dan beberapa diantaranya merupakan jenis baru. Sekalipun penelitian di wilayah Papua banyak mendapatkan hasil yang menarik, namun sayangnya tidak dapat dilanjutkan. Beranjak dari hasil tersebut berhasil dijalin kerjasama penelitian dengan Conservation International (CI) Indonesia Marine Program. Penelitian dilakukan di 24 stasiun penelitian di wilayah perairan Kaimana, Papua Barat. Hasilnya sangat menarik, diperoleh 55 jenis ikan dari 20 familia, tujuh jenis diantaranya diperkirakan merupakan jenis baru
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MELANOTAENIA RUBRIVITTATA, A NEW SPECIES OF RAINBOWFISH (MELANOTAENIIDAE) FROM NORTHWESTERN PAPUA PROVINCE, INDONESIA0.5 MiB | September 21, 2015
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Peter Unmack; Renny Hadiaty
Tags: endemic, rainbowfish, Papua, Nabire
Description: A new species of melanotaeniid rainbowfish, Melanotaenia rubrivittata, is described from the Wapoga River system of northwestern Papua Province, Indonesia.
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Melanotaenia sneideri, a New Species of Rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae), from West Papua Province, Indonesia0.2 MiB | April 29, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Renny Hadiaty
Tags: Kaimana, rainbowfish, freshwater, Melanotaenia, Bomberai, Kumawa
Description: A new species of melanotaeniid rainbowfish, Melanotaenia sneideri, is described from the Bomberai Peninsula in the southwestern Bird’s Head region of western New
Guinea (West Papua Province, Indonesia).
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Multi-locus sequence data reveal a new species of coral reef goby (Teleostei: Gobiidae: Eviota), and evidence of Pliocene vicariance across the Coral Triangle4.1 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): L. Tornabene, S. Valdez, M. V. Erdmann and F. L. Pezold
Tags: dwarfgoby; Indo Australian Archipelago; Indo Malay Archipelago;
Description: Here, multi-locus sequence data are coupled with observations of live colouration to recognize a new
species, Eviota punyit from the Coral Triangle, Indian Ocean and Red Sea. Relaxed molecular clock
divergence time estimation indicates a Pliocene origin for the new species, and the current distribution
of the new species and its sister species Eviota sebreei supports a scenario of vicariance across the
Indo-Pacific Barrier, followed by subsequent range expansion and overlap in the Coral Triangle. These
results are consistent with the ‘centre of overlap’ hypothesis, which states that the increased diversity
in the Coral Triangle is due in part to the overlapping ranges of Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean faunas.
These findings are discussed in the context of other geminate pairs of coral reef fishes separated by the
Indo-Pacific Barrier.
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Nest temperatures of the Piai and Sayang Islands green turtle (Chelonia mydas) rookeries, Raja Ampat Papua, Indonesia: Implications for hatchling sex ratios0.3 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): RICARDO F. TAPILATU, FERDIEL BALLAMU
Tags: Raja Ampat, Sayang, turtles, Piai, Chelonia mydas, hatching success, sex determination
Description: Information from this study provides a foundation for developing conservation strategies
for enhancing hatchling production with optimal sex ratios at the most important nesting beaches for the western Pacific green sea turtle. This study is the first comprehensive assessment of sex ratios for green sea turtles in Raja Ampat and represents the initiation of a longterm database that can be used at a local level to develop strategies that could potentially offset the impact of long-term climate change
on the western Pacific green sea turtle.
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New species of Trimma (Actinopterygii, Gobiidae) from Indonesia, with comments on head papillae nomenclature13.4 MiB | September 21, 2015
Author(s): RICHARD WINTERBOTTOM; MARK V. ERDMANN; N. K. DITA CAHYANI
Tags: West Papua, Cenderawasih Bay, Triton Bay, Trimma aturirii, Trimma trioculatum, Trimma kardium
Description: Three new species of the gobiid Trimma are described from Indonesian waters, and a partially reformulated nomenclature for the cephalic sensory papillae of members of this genus is provided.
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Observations on Australian Humpback Dolphins (Sousa sahulensis) in Waters of the Pacific Islands and New Guinea15.9 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): Isabel Beasley, Maria Jedensjo, Gede Mahendra Wijaya, Jim Anamiato, Benjamin Kahn, Danielle Kreb
Tags: Papua, dolphin
Description: The Australian humpback dolphin, Sousa sahulensis, has recently been described to
occur in northern Australian coastal waters. However, its distribution in adjacent waters
of the Pacific Islands and New Guinea remains largely unknown.
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Overview of distribution patterns of zooxanthellate Scleractinia16.2 MiB | September 21, 2015
Author(s): John Veron; Mary Stafford-Smith; Lyndon DeVantier; Emre Turak
Tags: Bird's Head Seascape, Coral Triangle, diversity, biogeography, species, coral, distributions, affinity
Description: This publication is an overview of a detailed study of coral distribution,diversity and affinities worldwide. Original surveys by the authors cover 4941 sites in 85 eco regions worldwide. These are combined with a thorough summation of all biogeographic, taxonomic and related literature as well as an extensive review of museum and photographic collections worldwide and extensive inter-personal communications.
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Patterns of species richness and the center of diversity in modern Indo- Pacific larger foraminifera1.9 MiB | August 23, 2019
Author(s): Meena Förderer, Dennis Rödder & Martin R. Langer
Tags:
Description: Symbiont-bearing Larger Benthic Foraminifera (LBF) are ubiquitous components of shallow tropical and subtropical environments and contribute substantially to carbonaceous reef and shelf sediments. Climate change is dramatically affecting carbonate producing organisms and threatens the diversity and structural integrity of coral reef ecosystems. Recent invertebrate and vertebrate surveys have identified the Coral Triangle as the planet’s richest center of marine life delineating the region as a
top priority for conservation. We compiled and analyzed....
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Pentapodus numberii, a New Species of Whiptail (Pisces: Nemipteridae) from Eastern Indonesia0.9 MiB | June 3, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: Raja Ampat, Bird's Head Seascape, new species, endemic, Triton Bay, Cendrawasih Bay, whiptail
Description: The present paper describes a new Pentapodus that was first encountered by the authors in Apr. 2006 during a Conservation International-sponsored marine biological
expedition at Triton Bay, Papua Barat Province, Indonesia.
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Phylogeography And Limited Genetic Connectivity In The Endangered Boring Giant Clam Across The Coral Triangle0.3 MiB | June 4, 2014
Author(s): Timery DeBoer; Matthew Subia; Ambariyanto; Mark Erdmann; Katie Kovitvongsa; Paul Barber
Tags: West Papua, Phylogeography, Tridacna crocea, Genetic Connectivity
Description: The Coral Triangle is the global center of marine biodiversity; however, its coral reefs are critically threatened. Because of the bipartite life history of many marine species with sedentary adults and dispersive pelagic larvae, designing effective marine protected areas requires an understanding of patterns of larval dispersal and connectivity among geographically discrete populations. We used mtDNA sequence data to examine patterns of genetic connectivity in the boring giant clam (Tridacna crocea) in an effort to guide
conservation efforts within the Coral Triangle.
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Phylogeography of commercial tuna and mackerel in the Indonesian Archipelago1.4 MiB | July 17, 2014
Author(s): Alexis Jackson; Ambariyanto; Mark Erdmann; Abdul Toha; Luke Stevens; Paul Barber
Tags: Papua, population genetics, tuna, mackerel, Pleistocene vicariance, Halmahera Eddy
Description: While numerous population genetics studies have investigated phylogeographic patterns of coral reef organisms in the Coral Triangle, few have addressed whether fishes in the pelagic environment exhibit concordant patterns of genetic subdivision. We analyzed approximately 400 base pairs of the mitochondrial control
region to compare population structure and phylogeography of five pelagic tuna and mackerel within a subset of their geographic ranges (i.e., the Indonesian Archipelago).
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Pisces, Teleostei, Gobiidae, illustrated list of additions to the fauna of the Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia3.4 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Rudi Dimara; Andi Fauzan; Muhammad Lazuardi; Defy Pada; Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann; Christine Huffard; Laure Katz; Richard Winterbottom
Tags: Raja Ampat, gobies, checklist, cryptofauna
Description: Previous surveys of the reef-associated ichthyofauna of the Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua, Indonesia recorded a total of 1,320 species of reef fishes, including 271 species of Gobiidae. A recent survey focused on the cryptic gobies of Raja Ampat resulted in 36 new records (including nine species of both Trimma and Eviota). Sixteen of the new
records are currently undescribed species, with seven of these identified as Raja Ampat endemics, while the remaining nine species are also known from localities outside Raja Ampat in the western Pacific. Five species previously recorded from the area have been re-identified, two of them representing undescribed species, and a new record from the literature has been added. This brings the total number of reef fishes known from Raja Ampat waters to 1,357, of which 308 belong to the Gobiidae. The number of species (including the undescribed taxa) apparently endemic to the Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua now totals 33.
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Pleistocene diversification of the Pomacentrus coelestis species complex (Pisces: Pomacentridae): historical biogeography and species boundaries1.2 MiB | September 17, 2014
Author(s): Laurie Sorenson, Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann, Chang-Feng Dai & Shang- Yin Vanson Liu
Tags: Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay, damselfish, Pomcnetrus coelestis, diversification, Pleistocene
Description: Pleistocene eustatic changes in sea level are often invoked to explain genetic divergence among marine organisms. However, molecular phylogenies have revealed relatively few examples of speciation events dating to the Pleistocene. We present a species-level hypothesis of the timing of evolution for the Pomacentrus coelestis species complex (Pomacentridae), based on the nuclear S7 intron and the mitochondrial Cytb gene, and reconstruct ancestral range distributions across the timetree.
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Pomacentrus bellipictus, a new microendemic species of damselfish (Pisces: Pomacentridae) from the Fakfak Peninsula, West Papua, Indonesia6.5 MiB | August 16, 2018
Author(s): Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann, Nur I. Hidayat
Tags:
Description: A new species of damselfish, Pomacentrus bellipictus, is described from 13 specimens, 37.7–67.9 mm SL,
collected at the Kokas area of the Fakfak Peninsula, a portion of the Bird’s Head Peninsula of western New
Guinea (West Papua Province, Indonesia).
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Pseudochromis erdmanni, a new species of dottyback with medially placed palatine teeth from Indonesia (Teleostei: Perciformes: Pseudochromidae)0.4 MiB | June 4, 2014
Author(s): Anthony Gill; Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann
Tags: Raja Ampat, Indonesia, dottyback, Halmahera
Description: Pseudochromis erdmanni is described from eight specimens from Halmahera, Ambon and the Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia. It is also recorded from Lembeh Strait, Sulawesi, on the basis of photographs.
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Pseudochromis Stellatus0.6 MiB | April 8, 2019
Author(s): Anthony C. Gill, Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann
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Description: The Pseudochromis reticulatus complex is diagnosed to include species of Pseudochromis with the combination of a pointed caudal fin (rounded with middle rays produced), a reticulated colour pattern on the upper part of the body, dorsalfin rays modally III,26, anal-fin rays modally III,15, and pectoral-fin rays modally 18. Members of the complex include P. reticulatus Gill & Woodland, P. pictus Gill & Randall, P. tonozukai Gill & Allen, P. jace Allen, Gill & Erdmann and P. stellatus new species. The last-named is herein described from six specimens from Batanta and Batu Hitam in the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, Indonesia. It is distinguished from other members of the complex in live coloration, and in having higher mean numbers of scales in lateral series and of anterior lateral-line scales (36–38 and 29–32, respectively), and a deeper body as measured from the dorsal-fin origin to pelvic-fin origin (31.8–33.5 % SL).
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Pseudochromis Stellatus10.6 MiB | August 16, 2018
Author(s): ANTHONY C. GILL, GERALD R. ALLEN, & MARK V. ERDMANN
Tags:
Description: Fishes of the Indo-Pacific genus Pseudochromis Rüppell (1835) were revised by Gill (2004), who recognised 57 species. Fourteen new species have been described subsequently (see Gill & Senou 2016), taking the total number of described species in the genus to 71. Additional potentially new species from the Coral Triangle region are currently under study by the present authors. We herein describe one such species, collected from the Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua Province, Indonesia.
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Pseudotrichonotus caeruleoflavus, a new species of reef fish from Indonesia (Teleostei: Aulopiformes: Pseudotrichonotidae)0.3 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann, Sasanti R. Suharti,Abraham Sianipar
Tags: new species
Description: A new species of pseudotrichonotid, Pseudotrichonotus caeruleoflavus, is described from four specimens, 31.3-33.7 mm SL, collected while scuba diving in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia at southern Flores. It was also photographed at Misool in the Raja Ampat Islands of West Papua Province.
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Rainbowfishes (Melanotaenia: Melanotaeniidae) of the Aru Islands, Indonesia with descriptions of five new species and redescription of M. patoti Weber and M. senckenbergianus Weber18.0 MiB | September 21, 2015
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Peter Unmack; Renny Hadiaty;Mark V. Erdmann
Tags: endemic, rainbowfish, taxonomy, biogeography, Aru, species flock
Description: The Aru Archipelago is a relict of the former land bridge connecting Australia and New Guinea and its freshwater Melanotaenia strongly reflect this past connection.Sea level changes over the past 2-3 million years have apparently provided sufficient isolation for the radiation of a mini species flock consisting of at least seven species. Melanotaenia patoti and M. senckenbergianus were described from the islands by Weber in the early 1900s, but subsequently considered as junior synonyms of the New Guinea mainland species M. rubrostriata and M. goldiei respectively. Recent collections by the authors facilitated a reassessment of their status based on morphological and genetic investigations,
consequently both are here recognised as valid and redescriptions are provided. In addition, the current study reveals the existence of five new taxa described herein.
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Raja Ampat Cetacean Species List 2011-20150.3 MiB | October 15, 2015
Author(s): Benjamin Kahn
Tags: Raja Ampat, Bird's Head Seascape, conservation, West Papua, Indonesia, cetaceans, Species Count, species, whales
Description: A comprehensive report on the number of cetacean species encountered in Raja Ampat during surveys conducted from 2011-2015 by Benjamin Kahn of Apex Environmental.
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Recently Discovered Landlocked Basins in Indonesia Reveal High Habitat Diversity in Anchialine Systems0.9 MiB | June 3, 2014
Author(s): Leontine Becking; Willem Renema; Nadiezhda Santodomingo; Bert Hoeksema; Yosephine Tuti; Nicole de Voogd
Tags: Raja Ampat, marine lakes, anchialine, sponges, sponges, Berau
Description: In this article, the variability of physical settings of anchialine systems in Indonesia is discussed together with the consequences these settings have for the environment and biota within the systems. Exploration in two karstic areas (Berau, East Kalimantan and Raja Ampat, West Papua) has resulted in the discovery of 20 previously unknown
anchialine systems in Indonesia.
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Reef Fishes East Indies Appendix 1 New Species Descriptions8.7 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Gerald Allen; Mark Erdmann; Dita Cahyani; Elizabeth Jones-Sbrocco; Joshua Drew
Tags: new species, endemic, Bird's Head, Scorpaenodes bathycolus, Forcipiger wanai, Amblyglyphidodon flavopurpureus, Neoglyphidodon mitratus, Parapercis sagma, Pterapsaron longipinnis, Lepadichthys akiko, Acentrogobius cenderawasih, Tomiyamichthys nudus, T
Description: Includes descriptions of new taxa,collected during recent investigations in the East Indian region. Fourteen of these were taken at the Bird’s Head Peninsula of West Papua, Indonesia in connection with Conservation International-sponsored faunal surveys. The various new taxa are presented in phylogenetic order by family and in alphabetical order within families.
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Review of the bamboo shark genus Hemiscyllium (Orectolobiformes: Hemiscyllidae)18.4 MiB | November 7, 2016
Author(s): Gerald Allen, Mark Erdmann, William White, Fahmi, Christine Dudgeon
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Description: The bamboo sharks, genus Hemiscyllium, comprises a group of nine species mainly restricted to New Guinea and northern Australia, including islands, reefs, and shoals separated from mainland areas by shallow seas. The Indonesian island of Halmahera is the only location lying outside the core region that is inhabited by these sharks. The nine species in the genus are reviewed and their approximate distribution documented, as follows: H. freycineti (Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua); H. galei (Cenderawasih Bay, West Papua); H. hallstromi (Torres Strait, Australia and southeastern Papua New Guinea); H. halmahera (Halmahera, Indonesia); H. henryi (vicinity of Triton Bay, West Papua); H. michaeli (Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea); H. ocellatum (northeastern Queensland, Australia); H. strahani (central coast of northern New Guinea); and H. trispeculare (northwestern Australia and Aru Islands, Indonesia). The most reliable means of identi cation is color pattern, in combination with geographic distribution: morphology is less useful due to considerable morphological variation, mostly re ecting the highly variable condition of preserved specimens, and meristic comparisons are limited by mostly small sample sizes. Therefore, a key to species based on color pattern is presented, as well as comprehensive illustrative coverage for each species.
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Review of the Chrysiptera oxycephala complex of damselfishes (Pomacentridae) with descriptions of three new species from the East Indian Archipelago3.9 MiB | February 3, 2016
Author(s): Allen, Erdmann & Cahyani
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Description: The nominal species Chrysiptera oxycephala has been considered a widespread species in the East Indian
Archipelago, but genetic analyses and a closer examination of populations throughout the region now show it to
be another example of a species complex of closely related parapatric cryptic species and genovariant populations.
Three DNA lineages correlate with different color patterns and are described here as new species, including
Chrysiptera ellenae (Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia), Chrysiptera maurineae (Cenderawasih Bay, West
Papua, Indonesia), and Chrysiptera papuensis (northeastern Papua New Guinea).
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Review of the Indo-Pacific Flasherwrasses of the genus Paracheilinus(Perciformes: Labridae), with descriptions of three new species17.2 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): Dr Gerald R Allen, Dr. MV Erdmann, Ni Luh Astria Yumalinda
Tags: new species, taxonomy, coral reef fishes, ichthyology, flasher wrasse, DNA barcoding, wrasses, phylogenetics
Description: The Indo-Pacific labrid fish genus Paracheilinus now contains 20 species. Most of the currently known species inhabit the mega-diverse East Indian region including Paracheilinusangulatus, P. carpenteri, P. cyaneus, P. filamentosus, P. flavianalis, P. lineopunctatus, P. nursalim, P. rennyae, P. togeanensis, P. walton, as well as three recent discoveries described as new species herein. In addition to the new species descriptions, a diagnosis and color illustrations are included for all members of the genus. We also present a key to the species and a neighbor-joining tree of mitochondrial DNA sequences which clarifies the genetic relationships among species, revealing four discrete species complexes within the genus.
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Revision of the Indo-Pacific cardinalfish genus Siphamia (Perciformes: Apogonidae11.2 MiB | June 4, 2014
Author(s): Ofer Gon; Gerald Allen
Tags: Kaimana, cardinalfish, revision, Siphamia stenotes
Description: The Indo-Pacific apogonid genus Siphamia Weber 1909 is unique among cardinalfishes in having a bacterial bioluminescent system and spinoid scales. Light is produced by luminous bacteria found in a small pocket connected to the gut in the abdominal cavity and in a sac on each side of the tip of the tongue. Siphamia consists of 23 small species many of which are associated with invertebrates such as sea urchins, crown-of-thorns starfish and coral. Species of this genus fall into two main groups with different dark pigment pattern of the longitudinal translucent muscle acting as a light organ that diffuses light along the ventral edge of the body...In this paper we recognize 14 of 21 nominal Siphamia species as valid and we describe nine new species.
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Species Richness and Relative Abundance of Reef-Building Corals in the Indo-West Pacific8.3 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): Lyndon DeVantier and Emre Turak
Tags: coral; species richness; relative abundance; Indo-West Pacific; IUCN Red List
Description: Scleractinian corals, the main framework builders of coral reefs, are in serious global
decline, although there remains significant uncertainty as to the consequences for individual species
and particular regions. We assessed coral species richness and ranked relative abundance across
3075 depth-stratified survey sites,
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Strong Genetic Structure among Coral Populations within a Conservation Priority Region: The Bird's Head Seascape 0.8 MiB | June 2, 2014
Author(s): Craig Starger; Paul Barber; Mark Erdmann; Abdul Hamid Toha; Andrew Bakere
Tags: MPAs, conservation planning, Genetic structure, Seriotopora hystrix
Description: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are widely considered to be one of the best strategies available for protecting biodiversity and ecosystem processes in marine environments,
particularly in developing, tropical nations. While data on connectivity and genetic structure of marine populations are critical to designing appropriately sized and spaced networks of MPAs, such data are rarely available. Here we present an assessment of genetic structure in reef- building corals from Papua and West Papua, Indonesia, among the most biologically diverse and least disturbed coral reef regions in the world, and the focus of the multi-institutional Bird's Head Seascape initiative to design and implement a functional network of MPAs.
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Sueviota bryozophila, a new species of coral-reef goby from Indonesia (Teleostei: Gobiidae)1.9 MiB | August 14, 2017
Author(s): Gerald R. Allen, Mark V. Erdmann, N. K. Dita Cahyani
Tags: new species
Description: A new species of gobiid fish, Sueviota bryozophila, is described from Indonesia, at Ambon, Molucca Islands and Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, on the basis of six specimens, 9.9–13.2 mm SL. The new species differs from the other four members of the Indo-Pacific genus by having reduced sensory pores on the dorsal surface of the head, with only paired pores at the mid-interorbital, and by having four pelvic-fin rays unbranched and a single branching of the fifth ray.
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Sueviota Minersorum, a new species of sponge-dwelling goby (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from Misool, Raja Ampat Islands, Indonesia2.6 MiB | October 29, 2019
Author(s): David W. Greenfield, Mark V. Erdmann, Ilham Vermandra Utama
Tags: taxonomy, coral reef fishes, ichthyology, systematics, Indo-Pacific Ocean, sponge, dwarfgoby, Eviota
Description: A new gobiid species, Sueviota minersorum, is described from 4 specimens, 17.9–23.2 mm SL, collected from inside Theonella tube sponges at 20–22 m depth. The new species has a dorsal/anal-fin ray count of 9/8 and 17 or 18 pectoral-fin rays, all unbranched, and 27 or 28 lateral scales. It furthermore has a basal membrane fully joining the two branched fifth pelvic-fin rays, a character shared with 4 congeners: Sueviota bryozophila, S. lachneri, S. larsonae, and S. tubicola. Sueviota minersorum is most similar to S. lachneri, but differs in having a stocky body with a deep caudal peduncle, not tapering from the mid-body, and in color patterns. It differs from S. bryozophila in having all pelvic-fin rays branched (vs. unbranched), having a single AITO pore (vs. paired AITO pores), PITO and NA pores (vs. absent), and in color patterns. It differs from S. larsonae and S. tubicola by the absence of a frenum (vs. present) and in color patterns.
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Support for a ‘Center of Origin’ in the Coral Triangle: Cryptic diversity, recent speciation, and local endemism in a diverse lineage of reef fishes (Gobiidae: Eviota)2.4 MiB | November 17, 2014
Author(s): Luke Tornabene; Samantha Valdez; Mark Erdmann; Frank Pezold
Tags: Raja Ampat, Cendrawasih Bay, Phylogeography, Eviota, Phylogeny, Evolution, mtDNA, Sympatric speciation
Description: The Coral Triangle is widely regarded as the richest marine biodiversity hot-spot in the world. One factor that has been proposed to explain elevated species-richness within the Coral Triangle is a high rate of in situ speciation within the region itself. Dwarfgobies (Gobiidae: Eviota) are a diverse genus of diminutive
cryptobenthic reef fishes with limited dispersal ability, and life histories and ecologies that increase potential for speciation. We use molecular phylogenetic and biogeographic data from two clades of Eviota species to examine patterns, processes and timing associated with species origination within the Coral
Triangle.
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