Synchiropus orstom Fricke 2000,

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: 266

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Synchiropus orstom Fricke 2000


Synchiropus orstom Fricke 2000  —Orstom dragonet ( Fig. 127View FIGURE 127)

Status at New Ireland. New record, based on NTUM 11101 (1 male, 58.0 mm SL, St. CP 4422-20, northeast of New Hanover ).

Distribution and habitat. New Ireland: 1.—General distribution: Papua New Guinea; Norfolk Ridge, New Caledonia. Found on soft bottom, 370–496 m depth. Marine.

Remarks. This species was originally described from seamounts on the Norfolk Ridge, New Caledonia by Fricke (2000: 33); it was recently recorded from Sandaun and West Sepik provinces, Papua New Guinea by Fricke (2015: 5). This is the first record from New Ireland Province, which suggests that the species is more widespread in the region.