Minous

Matsunuma, Mizuki & Motomura, Hiroyuki, 2018, Three new species of the Indo-Pacific stingfish genus Minous (Synanceiidae: Minoinae) with redescriptions of M. trachycephalus (Bleeker 1855) and M. pictus Günther 1880, Zootaxa 4455 (2), pp. 201-257: 204

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https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4455.2.1

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scientific name

Minous
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Key to species of the genus Minous 

[modified from Eschmeyer et al. (1979) with data from Amaoka & Kanayama (1981), Mandrytsa (1990, 1993) and this study]

1a. First dorsal-fin spine subequal to or longer than second spine, well separated from second spine base................... 2

1b. First dorsal-fin spine much shorter than second spine (usually less than half length, sometimes extremely small), close to second spine base........................................................................................ 6

2a. Posterior lacrimal spine relatively short, not bayonet-shaped ( Eschmeyer et al. 1979: fig. 2a; Fig. 2A View Figure ); caudal fin without transverse dark bands; pectoral fin inner surface with dark brown stripes along rays ( Fig. 4B View Figure )............................................ M. quincarinatus  (western Pacific Ocean: Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and northern Australia) ( Figs. 3C View Figure , 4B View Figure )

2b. Posterior lacrimal spine longer than anterior spine, bayonet-shaped ( Eschmeyer et al. 1979: fig. 2b; Fig. 2B View Figure ); caudal fin with transverse dark band(s) ( Fig. 3A, D–F View Figure ); pectoral fin inner surface generally without distinct markings along rays ( Figs. 4A, C– E View Figure ).................................................................................................. 3

3a. Dorsal-fin rays IV, 18 or 19 (Table 1)..................... M. andriashevi  (off Seychelles and Somalia) ( Figs. 3A–B View Figure , 4A View Figure )

3b. Dorsal-fin rays VIII–XI, 9–14............................................................................ 4

4a. Body with numerous dark spots ventrally, oblique alternating dark and light stripes dorsally ( Fig. 3D View Figure )....................................................................................... M. usachevi  (Gulf of Aden) ( Figs. 3D View Figure , 4C View Figure ) 

4b. Body without dark spots ( Fig. 3D, E View Figure )...................................................................... 5

5a. Dorsal-fin spines usually 9 (Table 1); caudal fin usually with 3 or 4 transverse wavy bands; soft-rayed portion of dorsal fin with wavy bands ( Fig. 3E View Figure ); pectoral fin inner surface with irregular light blotches on dark background (preserved specimens) ( Fig. 4D View Figure )............................................................. M. versicolor  ( Australia) ( Figs. 3E View Figure , 4D View Figure )