Neobathyclupea megaceps (Fowler 1938),

Andréfouët, Serge, Chen, Wei-Jen, Kinch, Jeff, Mana, Ralph, Russell, Barry C., Tully, Dean & White, William T., 2019, Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 810 new records, Zootaxa 4588 (1), pp. 1-360: 178

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Neobathyclupea megaceps (Fowler 1938)


Neobathyclupea megaceps (Fowler 1938)  —Bighead deepsea herring

Status at New Ireland. New record, based on NTUM 11357 (1 specimen, 119.4 mm SL, St. CP 4498-14, north of New Hanover ).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1.—General distribution: Philippines south to Papua New Guinea. Bathypelagic, 465–800 m depth. Marine.

Remarks. The two species Neobathyclupea megaceps (Fowler 1938)  and N. gracilis (Fowler 1938)  express much overlap in their morphological characters; the diagnoses of Prokofiev (2014) are not useful to distinguish these two taxa. We suspect that the two are synonymous.