Acanthoperca gulliveri Castelnau 1878

Gill, Anthony C., Russell, Barry C. & Nelson, Gary, 2018, F. L. de Castelnau’s Norman River fishes housed in the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, Zootaxa 4459 (3), pp. 565-574: 569

publication ID

https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4459.3.9

publication LSID

lsid:zoobank.org:pub:79B91BA4-C861-4EA1-85D9-7AE039D950B4

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03FE1B36-474E-D44F-FF25-FA99FC06B6AA

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scientific name

Acanthoperca gulliveri Castelnau 1878
status

 

Acanthoperca gulliveri Castelnau 1878  [= Parambassis gulliveri  ]

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Acanthoperca gulliveri Castlenau 1878b: 45  (type locality, Norman River ). 

Castelnau (1878b) described Acanthoperca gulliveri  as a new genus and species from the Norman River. It is currently recognised as a valid species of the ambassid genus Parambassis  , which occurs in northern Australia and southern New Guinea ( Allen & Burgess 1990; Allen et al. 2006; Pusey et al. 2017). Castelnau’s statement (p. 45) “My largest specimen is about eight inches long” and “The specimens are in a dry state” indicates that he had multiple specimens. However, McCulloch (1929b: 196) implied that there was a single specimen: “type in the Paris Museum” [= MNHN]. Similarly, Whitley (1935: 360) indicated that there was a single specimen, but that “the type [...] is preserved in the Macleay Museum” (p. 360). Allen & Burgess (1990) followed McCulloch in assuming the type was in Paris, but—because they were unable to locate the specimen during a visit to the MNHN—believed the specimen had been lost. In so doing, they overlooked Bauchot & Desoutter’s (1987) treatment of the species, which stated that there were two syntypes in Paris (registration numbers MNHN A-4290 and A-4291). The same specimens were listed as the sole syntypes by Allen et al. (2006) and Eschmeyer et al. (2018). However, as noted by Whitley (1935), there is also a specimen in the Macleay Museum, The specimen (MAMU F.426) measures 142 mm SL (ca 177 mm TL). The old external label for the specimen says “ ACANTHOPERCA GULLIVERI, Casteln. NORMAN RIVER  ”. There is also an internal label written on card with “ Acanthoperca Gulliveri, Casteln. Norman River, Gulf  of Carpentaria”. It matches an index card, which states “ Acanthoperca Gulliveri, Cast.  [...] 1 sp. 6 ½″ Norman River.” Although the specimen is currently in 70% ethanol, it appears to have dried at some past period of time, and has some debris adhering to the skin. It agrees well with Allen & Burgess’s (1990) description of Parambassis gulliveri  and we regard it as a third syntype of the species.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Actinopterygii

Order

Perciformes

Family

Ambassidae

Genus

Acanthoperca

Loc

Acanthoperca gulliveri Castelnau 1878

Gill, Anthony C., Russell, Barry C. & Nelson, Gary 2018

2018
Loc

Acanthoperca gulliveri

Castlenau 1878: 45

1878
Loc

Acanthoperca gulliveri

Castlenau 1878

1878
Loc

Parambassis

Bleeker 1874

1874