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Revista de biología marina y oceanografía

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MENDEZ-ABARCA, Felipe  and  MUNDACA, Enrique A. Colouration patterns of two species of the genus Scartichthys (Blenniidae: Perciformes) in the coastal area of northern Chile. Rev. biol. mar. oceanogr. [online]. 2016, vol.51, n.2, pp.475-481. ISSN 0718-1957.

The aim of this study was to report the colouration patterns of live specimens of two Blenniidae species: Scartichthys gigas and S. viridis, from tide pools in the coastal area of 3 localities of northern Chile. Colouration patterns for S. gigas were: the two-bar front head covered/uncovered and the uniform orange-brown, found in specimens associated to kelps, for juveniles; an intermediate juvenile-adult reticulated bar-stained pattern described for the first time and the reticulated pattern for adults. For S. viridis the dark-light green pattern is described for juveniles and adults. The findings are discussed in terms of colouration patterns previously described for both species, with emphasis on the importance of using colouration patterns to improve species identification, reduce habitat disturbance and specimen removal from the wild.

Keywords : Scartichthys gigas; Scartichthys viridis; reticulated; intertidal.

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