First record of humpback anglerfish (Melanocetus johnsonii) (Melanocetidae) in Antarctic waters

  • Alexei M. Orlov Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography
  • Svetlana Y. Orlova Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography
  • Alexander A. Volkov Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography
  • Dmitry V. Pelenev Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography
Keywords: Melanocetus spp., new record, illicium, esca, COI gene, Ross Sea

Abstract

The first record of the humpback anglerfish (Melanocetus johnsonii) in Antarctic waters (Ross Sea) is documented. Species identification is confirmed by the structure of the escal bulb and analysis of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) gene. This record extends the known range of M. johnsonii by more than 1000 nm to the south. The taxonomic status of Melanocetus species in Antarctic waters is discussed.

Keywords: Melanocetus sp.; new record; taxonomy; distribution; Ross Sea; Antarctic.

(Published: 6 March 2015)

Citation: Polar Research 2015, 34, 25356, http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/polar.v34.25356

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Author Biographies

Alexei M. Orlov, Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography
Laboratory of Sea Fishes of the Russian Far East, Principal Scientist
Svetlana Y. Orlova, Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography
Laboratoty of Molecular Genetics, senior scientist
Alexander A. Volkov, Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography
Laboratoty of Molecular Genetics, senior scientist
Dmitry V. Pelenev, Russian Federal Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography
Laboratory of the Pacific Ocean Basin, Center of International Fisheries Cooperation, Leading engineer
Published
2015-03-06
How to Cite
Orlov, A., Orlova, S., Volkov, A., & Pelenev, D. (2015). First record of humpback anglerfish (<em>Melanocetus johnsonii</em>) (<em>Melanocetidae</em&gt;) in Antarctic waters. Polar Research, 34. https://doi.org/10.3402/polar.v34.25356
Section
Research Notes