First Record of the Black Snoek <italic>Thyrsitoides marleyi</italic> (Pisces: Gempylidae) from Korea
First Record of the Black Snoek Thyrsitoides marleyi (Pisces: Gempylidae) from Korea
Fisheries and aquatic sciences. 2012. Sep, 15(3): 251-253
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  • Received : May 09, 2012
  • Accepted : August 21, 2012
  • Published : September 30, 2012
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Maeng Jin Kim
Jung Hwa Choi
Jung Nyun Kim
Taeg Yun Oh
Dong Woo Lee

A single specimen of Thyrsitoides marleyi (818 mm in standard length), belonging to the family Gempylidae, was collected for the first time in Korea from the coastal waters off Busan, Korea using longline with hooks on 27 January 2012. This species is characterized by the following morphological traits: palate with three fangs, dark dorsal spine membrane, ending part of soft dorsal and anal fin rays finlet-like, and tip of the jaw with a cartilaginous process. We suggest a new Korean name “Gal-chi-ggo-chi” for T. marleyi .
The family Gempylidae, which is comprised of 16 genera with about 24 species, is widely distributed in tropical and subtropical seas worldwide (Nelson, 2006). This family is characterized by having an oblong and compressed body, a protruding lower jaw, and isolated finlets present behind the dorsal and anal fins (Nelson, 2006). Within the family, the genus Thyrsitoides includes only one species worldwide and is morphologically characterized by XVII to XIX dorsal fin spines, dermal processes on the jaws, and a lower lateral line running along the middle of the body (Nakamura and Parin, 1993).
In Korea, one species, Rexea prometheoides in the family Gempylidae has been reported to date (Kim et al., 2005). A single specimen of Thyrsitoides marleyi , belonging to the family Gemphlidae, was collected by hook for commercial longline fisheries in the coastal waters off Busan, Korea, on 27 January 2012.
Materials and Methods
The specimen examined was preserved in 10% formalin for 1 month and then preserved in 80% ethanol. The morphological characters of T. marleyi are herein described in detail based on a single specimen. Counts and measurements were followed the methods of Hubbs and Lagler (2004). The examined specimen was deposited at the Fisheries Resource Management Division, National Fisheries Sciences and Development Institute (NFRDI), Korea.
Results and Discussion
  • ThyrsitoidesFowler, 1929
  • (New Korean genus name: Gal-chi-ggo-chi-sok)
  • ThyrsitoidesFowler, 1929: 381 (type species:Thyrsitoides marleyiFowler, 1929).
  • Thyrsitoides marleyiFowler, 1929 (Table 1,Fig. 1)
  • (New Korean name: Gal-chi-ggo-chi)
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Thyrsitoides marleyis Fowler, 1926, NFRDI 20120127, 818.0 mm standard length, longline, Dadaepo, Busan, Korea.
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Branched lateral line.
Thyrsitoides marleyi : 1929: 256 (type locality: KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa); Randall and Lim 2000: 643 (South China Sea); Nakabo in Nakobo 2002: 600 (Japan).
- Material examined
NFRDI 20120127, 818.0 mm standard length (SL), longline, Dadaepo, Busan, Korea. 27 January 2012.
- Description
Counts and measurements of the present specimen are shown in Table 1 .
Body much elongated and compressed; body covered with tiny cycloid scales; dorsal profile of head sloping gently; head large; mouth and eyes large; lower jaw sharply pointed, projecting in front of upper jaw and extending below to one-third of eye; tip of each jaw with a small cartilaginous process; three fangs (two fangs on right side and one fang on left side) of upper jaw; both jaws with a single series of canine-like, compressed teeth; no tooth on vomer; dorsal fin starts above angle of opercle, second dorsal spine slightly longer than first one; dorsal fin rays and anal fin rays opposite each; posterior dorsal and anal soft rays finlet-like connected to each other by the membrane; pelvic fin base located behind pectoral base. Lateral line starts above angle of opercle and bifurcates slightly behind forth dorsal spine ( Fig. 2 ); upper line runs along dorsal profile of body to the point of thirteenth dorsal spine, lower line forth dorsal spine along middle of body to caudal base; caudal fin deeply forked; a keel-like process at base of upper and lower caudal fin lobes.
Color when fresh: Body entirely dark silver; first dorsal fin membranes black; pectoral, anal and caudal fins dark, but pelvic fin pale grayish.
Color in alcohol: Body dark brown above, pale silvery white below; first dorsal fin membranes black; all fins darkened.
- Distribution
Widely known from Indo-West Pacific Ocean: Korea (present study), Japan, Kyusyu-Palau Ridge, Taiwan, New Caledonia, New Hebrides, Malacca Straits, Andaman Sea, western Australia, around Madagascar, La Reunion, east coast of South Africa and Red Sea (Nakamura and Parin, 1993).
- Remarks
The present specimen was characterized by a much elongated and compressed body, branched lateral line, dark first dorsal spine membranes, and lower jaw projecting in front of upper jaw). In addition, the morphological characteristics of the present specimen agreed well with those in previous reports of Thyrsitoides marleyi (Nakabo, 2002) ( Table 1 ).
Thyrsitoides marleyi is morphologically similar to Rexea prometheoides (Bleeker, 1843) and inhabits the coastal waters of Jeju Island, Korea. The former is easily distinguished from the latter in having the pelvic fin with I spine, 5 soft rays (vs. I or no spines, and no rays for R. prometheoides ), a slender body (vs. not slender), and the upper lateral line not reaching the posterior end of the first dorsal fin base (vs. extending beyond) (Nakabo, 2002). We suggest a new Korean name “Gal-chiggo- chi” for T. marleyi .
Comparison of counts and measurements of Thyrsitoides marleyiA number in the parenthesis denotes the number of examined specimens.
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Comparison of counts and measurements of Thyrsitoides marleyi A number in the parenthesis denotes the number of examined specimens.
This work was funded by a grand from the National Fisheries Research & Development Institute (RP-2012-FR-034).
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