One specimen of
During a survey for fisheries resources in Korean waters, one specimen of
Counts and measurements of the specimen follow the methods of Hubbs and Lagler (2004). The examined specimen was deposited at the National Fisheries Research and Development Institute (NFRDI), Korea.
Counts for the present specimen are shown in Table 1. Measurements are presented as a percentage against SL: body depth 18.3; head length 19.2; upper jaw length 6.1; snout length 2.8; eye diameter 4.2; interorbital length 3.8; predorsal fin length 17.9; prepectoral fin length 19.1; preanal fin length 40.5; pectoral fin length 19.1; pelvic fin length 6.3.
Body moderately elongate, compressed posteriorly, and covered with minute cycloid scales but head entirely naked; head slightly small; snout length very short, its length being shorter than the eye diameter; mouth small, maxilla extends to anterior edge of pupil, interorbital space narrow and flat; lower jaw protruding slightly beyond upper jaw; teeth small, arranged in two alternating rows and forming a closely set single cutting edge; dorsal fin base long, origin of dorsal fin located a little before the end of the head, continuing to caudal fin base; pectoral fin large, extending below to eighth dorsal spine; pelvic fins small, somewhat longer than eye diameter; lateral line represented by a short row of four openings of the sensory canal above pectoral fins; numerous tentacles present on head, three pairs of branched cirri above eye, first one longer than others; one pair on snout and three pairs behind eye.
Body light brownish with 12 dark blotches, eye and dorsal
fin base; body and head mottled; belly yellowish; dorsal fin membrane light brown with dusky mottle; anal fin light yellow with 15 vertical rows of dark spots; pectoral fin light brown with white edge; pelvic fin white; caudal fin light brown with 4~5 vertical dark bands.
Body dark brownish with 12 vertical dark blotches; row of smaller dark spots present along anal fin base; body and head mottled; dorsal and pectoral fin membranes brown with dusky mottle; pelvic fin white; caudal fin brown with 4-5 vertical dark bands.
Known from northern seas and Bisan Seto of Japan, Bohai Sea (Hatooka, 2002; Liu et al., 2005), and southern coastal waters of the Yellow Sea, Korea (present study).
The present specimen, which was collected from southern coastal waters of the Yellow Sea, Korea, had 52 dorsal fin spines, an anal fin with one spines and 38 soft rays, a caudal fin with four vertical dark bands and an orbital region with three pairs of branched cirri. The morphological characters of the specimen matched species descriptions given in previous studies (Shiogaki, 1981; Liu et al., 2005), and all counts for the present specimen coincided with the