Therapon

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: 570

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/03FE1B36-474F-D44F-FF25-FB28FF6AB198

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scientific name

Therapon
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Therapon  terrae-reginae Castelnau [= Amniataba percoides  ]

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Therapon  terrae-reginae; Castelnau 1878b: 46 (Norman River).

This is the only non-type specimen of Castelnau’s Norman River fishes in the Macleay Museum, which we include primarily as evidence that the MAMUAbout MAMU Norman River specimens match with Castelnau’s collection. Castelnau (1878a) described T. terraereginae  on the basis of a single specimen from northern Queensland, possibly from the Fitzroy River. He further noted that he had seen a six-inch Fitzroy River specimen of the same species in the Brisbane Museum (now Queensland Museum). He reported on an unspecified number of specimens from the Norman River in his 1878b paper. However, he introduced confusion by noting “The specimen on which I formed this species is not in my possession having been returned to the Brisbane Museum, so I cannot compare the specimens that I have from the Norman River with the type.” As can be discerned from his original description, the Queensland Museum specimen is not the type. According to Bauchot & Desoutter (1987), the holotype is instead deposited in the MNHNAbout MNHN ( MNHNAbout MNHN A-703). Vari (1978) included T. terraereginae  in the synonymy of Amniataba percoides (Günther 1864)  .

MAMUAbout MAMU F.569A includes a single 66.5 mm SL specimen (TL not determined, owing to caudal-fin damage). The old label says “ THERAPON  TERRAE-REGINAE NORMAN RIVER ”. The index card for the specimen also says “ Therapon  terrae-reginae […] 1 sp. 3″ Norman River.” We believe this specimen is Castelnau’s Norman River specimen. It agrees well with Vari’s (1978) description of Amniataba percoides  . We note, however, that it does not key to that species using Vari’s key, owing to an error in the first couplet (A versus AA): in contrast to the key, A. percoides  has an exposed, serrated posttemporal (versus covered with skin and not serrate according to the key).

MAMU

University of Sydney, Macleay Museum

MNHN

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Actinopterygii

Order

Perciformes

Family

Terapontidae

Loc

Therapon

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

2018
Loc

Therapon

Castelnau 1878b : 46