Ronald Fricke

Ronald Fricke
State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart | SMNS · Department of Zoology

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Introduction
Ronald Fricke currently works at the Department of Zoology, State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart. Ronald is senior curator of the Section Ichthyology, and is involved in research on the taxonomy, distribution and evolution of fishes. Among his major projects are the editing of Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes online, and the building of an electronic archive of ichthyological literature.
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December 1988 - present
Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart

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A new species of deep-water goby, Obliquogobius bathyalis n. sp. from New Caledonia, is described on the basis of three specimens collected with trawls at 264-350 m depth. The new species is characterised by the following characters: second dorsal-fin rays I, 8; anal-fin rays I,8 or I,9; head length 29.4-36.7% of SL; eye diameter 41.5-52.35 of head...
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The labrid fish species Oxycheilinus arenatus (Valenciennes, 1840) is recorded for the first time from India’s southeast coast. A total of three specimens were collected as trawl bycatch at Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, southeast coast of India, in December 2021. The standard length of the specimens ranged from 15.42 to 19.5 cm SL. The presently reported...
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In this study, we present a taxonomic synthesis and compendium of the diversity and distribution of stonefishes of the genus Minous (Scorpaeniformes: Synanceiidae) from Indian waters, including revised species descriptions, diagnoses, and biometric data from specimens off the coast of Visakhapatnam, central eastern India. A total of 342 Minous spec...
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A complete annotated list of fresh and brackish waters ichthyofauna of the Russian Federation and adjacent areas, based on a critical analysis of scientific publications of the last 200 years, and on the data of the authors' research, is the aim of this study. The taxonomic composition of the freshwater and brackish water fish fauna of Russia remai...
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The Indian handfish or batfish, Halieutaea indica Annandale et Jenkins, 1910, is recorded for the first time from the Red Sea. This report constitutes also the first record of the family Ogcocephalidae from this region.
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The small, cryptic, blotched triplefin, Enneapterygius ventermaculus (Tripterygiidae), is reported based on 10 specimens collected at the Qeshm Island, Persian Gulf, Iran, in February 2021. The identification was confirmed using integrated morphological and molecular methods. Enneapterygius ventermaculus is characterized by its dorsal-fin rays III+...
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The Blue-lined toby Canthigaster caeruleolineata n. sp. is described from the southeast coast of La Réunion, southwestern Indian Ocean, based on a single specimen that may have originated from a deep reef habitat. The species is distinguished within the genus by the few short, oblique blue streaks on the dorsal half of the body, and is characterise...
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Nine species of marine fishes are observed from Réunion Island for the first time, during a faunal inventory under MesoRun program (Meso: mesophotic and Run: Reunion). These species, Dunckerocampus boylei Kuiter 1998 (Syngnathidae), Luzonichthys waitei (Fowler, 1931) (Serranidae), Plectranthias winniensis (Tyler, 1966) (Serranidae), Ostorhinchus fu...
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Kessleria Bogdanov 1882 is here considered as a nomen nudum. The history of Bogdanov's manuscript, and the name in the literature, is discussed. Bogdanov never published an available description of his genus Kessleria, and it only appeared in a single mention in a caption of his Figure 3 in an 1882 publication. As he otherwise classified the specie...
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The Yellow coris Coris flava n. sp. is described from La Réunion, southwestern Indian Ocean, based on two specimens collected in 2006 and 2012 off the northwest coast of the island at 200-250 m depth (only one specimen preserved). The species is characterized by the combination of the following characters: dorsal rays IX,12; anal rays III,12; pecto...
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Three species of spotted groupers in the subfamily Epinephelinae are known from the western Atlantic, Cephalopholis cruentata (Lacepède 1802), Epinephelus adscensionis (Osbeck 1765), and E. guttatus (Linnaeus 1758). Our research into the historical sources of the names revealed a confused history and the unclear identities of the taxa, with both C....
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Based on a critical analysis of scientific publications for the last 200 years and on the collected specimens, a complete annotated list of both typical freshwater ichthyofauna of Sakhalin Island, with the inclusion of marine species that can be found in brackish coastal waters, is reported for the first time. The annotated list includes 226 specie...
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The correct generic name for Walleye, Sauger, and three species of Eurasian pikeperch has been a point of contention since 1903. Rafinesque proposed Stizostedion (as a subgenus of Perca Linnaeus 1758) in 1820, a name used by most American ichthyologists throughout the 19th century. In 1903, Gill revealed that Sander Oken 1817 (type species Perca lu...
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The first record of the yellow-spotted puffer, Torquigener flavimaculosus Hardy et Randall, 1983, on Reunion Island is confirmed by numerous video observations and by the capture of a specimen. This tetraodontid fish has been reported from the western Indian Ocean, the Red Sea, and the Mediterranean. In this report, we confirm its presence in Saint...
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The present study provides notes on Cocotropus roseus Day, 1875, a poorly known endemic fish from the Bay of Bengal, Eastern Indian Ocean. The morphometric data and color images are provided herein based on fresh specimens collected from Chennai, south India, its type locality, Bay of Bengal, Eastern Indian Ocean.
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The genus Coris contains 28 valid species, most of them with an Indo-Pacific distribution and only two species recognized from the eastern Atlantic: Coris atlantica and C. julis. This last species has a large variability in its coloration, which caused that during the first half of XIX century the sexes were considered as different species. Two liv...
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Schindleria parva, a new species of the family Schindleriidae, is described from two specimens collected from the central Red Sea of Saudi Arabia. The new species is characterised by lack of pigmentation on the body, possession of an inconspicuous gas bladder and presence of small teeth on the premaxillae. The holotype is a female of 11 mm SL (11.9...
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Schindleria parva, a new species of the family Schindleriidae, is described from two specimens collected from the central Red Sea of Saudi Arabia. The new species is characterized by lack of pigmentation on the body, possession of an inconspicuous gas bladder and the presence of small teeth on the premaxillae. The holotype is a female of 11 mm stan...
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Neopomacentrus xanthurus Allen & Randall, 1981 is a secondary junior synonym of Dascyllus xanthurus Bleeker, 1853; it is invalid when both species are classified in Neopomacentrus (International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, article 57.3), and must be replaced. Dascyllus xanthurus Bleeker, 1853 was first described by Bleeker (1853: 117), based o...
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An established population of the Arabian goby Cryptocentroides arabicus was discovered in a brackish water habitat located in the inland water bodies of Oman adjacent to the shore of Sea of Oman. Eighty-five specimens ranging in total length between 55 and 95 mm were collected. The present record of C. arabicus is considered the first report of thi...
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The Normanby perchlet Plectranthias normanby n. sp. is described from off Normanby Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Sea, western Pacific Ocean, based on 2 specimens collected at depths of 175-480 metres. The new species is characterised within the Plectranthias inermis species group by the dorsal in with 12 spines and 13 soft r...
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Raja africana Capapé, 1977 is a primary junior synonym of Raja africana Bloch & Schneider, 1801 and therefore permanently invalid (International Code of Zoological Nomenclature, article 57.2) and must be replaced. Raja africana Bloch & Schneider, 1801 was first described by Bloch & Schneider (1801: 367), based on a specimen from Guinea, West Africa...
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A total of 1217 fish species were analysed and the percentage of species in each of a number of zoogeographic patterns was calculated. An additional two categories, Atlanto-Mediterranean (anti-Lessepsian and mariculture escapees) and two cichlid species, were not included in our calculations. The present paper presents the division of the Red Sea i...
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This paper reports a new record of Zenion hololepis (Goode & Bean, 1896) from Indian waters. The species was collected during an exploratory deep-sea fishery survey onboard FORV Sagar Sampada off the Andaman Islands at a depth of 314 m using a High-Speed Demersal Trawl-Crustacean Version (HSDT-CV) on 25 November 2017.
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A total of 1217 fish species were analysed and the percentage of species in each of a number of zoogeographic patterns was calculated. An additional two categories, Atlanto-Mediterranean (anti-Lessepsian and mariculture escapees) and two cichlid species, were not included in our calculations. The present paper presents the division of the Red Sea i...
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The Ocellated tonguesole Cynoglossus quadriocellatus n. sp. is described from off Exmouth Gulf and Dampier Archipelago, Western Australia, eastern Indian Ocean, based on specimens collected at depths of 1-48 metres. The new species is characterised within the Cynoglossus ogilbyi species group by the snout bluntly rounded; head length 19-28% of SL,...
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Fishes of the genus Abudefduf are increasingly being recorded in Mediterranean waters, with most of these occurrences being based on the sole inspection of underwater images or video footage. Here we present a critical review of these occurrences, taking into account the uncertainties related to the identification of the congeneric A. vaigiensis an...
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In this paper, we report finding of 74 specimens of Neomerinthe amplisquamiceps (Scorpaendiae) and field observations of this species from the Indian coast. Specimens of N. amplisquamiceps were captured between 150 and 300 m depth with a 38 m high speed demersal trawl (crustacean version, codend, mesh size 40 mm) and 46 m Expo model demersal trawl...
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U. 2020. New record of the red scorpionfish, Scorpaena scrofa (Actinopterygii: Scorpaeniformes: Scorpaenidae) from deep waters off Israel, Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea. Acta Ichthyol. Piscat. 50 (3): 357-362. Abstract. This study examines the distribution of the red scorpionfish, Scorpaena scrofa Linnaeus, 1758, in the Red Sea, in order to get a better p...
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Previously only known from the western Mascarenes and Aldabra, Centropyge debelius (Pyle 1990) is recorded for the first time at Mayotte and Tromelin islands. These new records expand the geographical distribution of C. debelius in the southwestern Indian Ocean, but also the depth range of the species, as the species was observed for the first time...
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The Réunion greeneye Chlorophthalmus vulcanus n. sp. is described from La Réunion, southwestern Indian Ocean, based on a specimen collected in 2003 off the west coast of the island at 300-400 m depth. The species is characterized by the combination of the following characters: total dorsal-fin rays 11, total anal-fin rays 8; total pectoral-fin rays...
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The current status of the inland waters ichthyofauna of Turkey is revised, and an updated checklist of the freshwater fishes is presented. The latest checklist included all species listed in the available previous study that was published in 2015, which is now updated after a period of five years. We revised the validity of previously accepted spec...
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The epinonid fish genus Microichthys Rüppell 1852 is reviewed. The genus includes three valid species: M. coccoi Rüppell 1852 and M. sanzoi Spartà 1950 from the Mediterranean Sea; M. atlanticus sp. nov. from the Azores, northeastern Atlantic Ocean, characterized by the following combination of characters: dorsal-fin rays VII + I, 8-9; anal-fin rays...
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A citer sous la forme : Wickel J., Fricke R., Durville P., Chabanet P., Dumestre M., Mulochau T., Pinault M., Tessier E. (2020). Updated checklist of the fish species of Reunion Island, 1-25, in: Dumestre & Wickel (2020). Évaluation de statuts de conservation pour les poisons récifaux à la Réunion. Marex/Deal 974, 27 pp+ annexes.
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Our recent paper Artüz & Fricke (2019) provided an updated list of marine teleost fishes of the Sea of Marmara. Bilecenoglu argues that our paper includes mistranslations of some previous research, misinterpretation and incomplete examination of certain published biodiversity data related to the Sea of Marmara (Bilecenoglu 2020). We answer his comm...
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In the present paper, the history of fish faunistic and taxonomic knowledge is analyzed, and the freshwater and brackish water fish diversity in the territory of the Russian Federation and adjacent areas is examined. An overview of higher taxa and species is presented (3 classes, 26 orders, 100 families, and 317 genera), including a total of 719 na...
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The Oriental armoured gurnard Scalicus orientalis (Fowler 1938) is recorded from La Réunion, southwestern Indian Ocean, based on a specimen collected during a volcanic eruption in April 2007. The specimen was previously misidentified as Satyrichthys investigatoris (non Alcock, 1898), a junior synonym of Scalicus hians (Gilbert & Cramer, 1897); the...
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This is an annotated checklist of the marine fish species of Lebanon (Levant coast, eastern Mediterranean). It comprises a total of 367 fish species distributed in 159 families and 27 orders, out of which 70 species are non-indigenous and 28 are recorded for the first time from Lebanon. The checklist includes all names and citations of species foun...
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The delicate blenny Glyptoparus delicatulus Smith, 1959 is recorded for the first time from Reunion Island. After the observation of an isolated female in 2013 on the Saint Gilles-La Saline reef, 48 individuals were observed in four different sites of this reef in 2019, which enabled the observation of both sexes. Examination of high resolution pho...
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The Actinopteri wer first described by Cope, 1871, and the name Actinopterygii is used sensu Goodrich, 1930.
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The occurrence of the pink pipefish, Bryx analicarens (Duncker, 1915), is reported for the first time from Indian waters. The geographical distribution of the species extends from east Africa, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman to Pakistan and now to the west coast of India. Although a total of 32 pipefish species have hitherto been reported fro...
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Previously only known from the western Mascarenes and Aldabra, Centropyge debelius (Pyle 1990) is recorded for the first time at Mayotte and Tromelin islands. These new records expand the geographical distribution of C. debelius in the southwestern Indian Ocean, but also the depth range of the species, as the species was observed for the first time...
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The scorpionfish Scorpaena nasicornua n. sp. is described from the Gulf of Aden. The new species is characterised by dorsal-fin spines 12 and soft rays 9, anal-fin spines III and soft rays 5; pectoral-fin rays 17; occiput with a deep pit or depression; scales on body and pectoral-fin base ctenoid; base of pectoral fin and chest scaled; scales on fl...
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Nouvel enregistrement d'un poisson plat rare Parabothus budkeri (Chabanaud, 1943) dans le golfe d'Aqaba, nord de la mer Rouge (Teleostei: Bothidae), avec une clé du genre de Para-bothus. Un rombou de Budker Parabothus budkeri a été échantillonné au nord du golfe d'Aqaba et redécrit à partir d'un spécimen pêché à Eilat (Israël) en 1951. Cette redesc...
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Bourjon P., Fricke R. 2019. First record of the lattice soldierfish, Myripristis violacea (Actinopterygii: Holocentriformes: Holocentridae), from Reunion Island (south-western Indian Ocean). Acta Ichthyol. Piscat. 49 (4): 415-420. Abstract. The lattice soldierfish, Myripristis violacea Bleeker, 1851, is recorded for the first time from Reunion Isla...
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This checklist aims to reviews and summarize the results of the systematic researches on the Persian Gulf ichthyofauna that has been carried out for more than 200 years. Since the work of C. Niebuhr, a Danish biologist in the 18th century, the number of valid species has increased significantly and the systematic status of many of the species has c...
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The Red scorpionfish Scorpaena scrofa is recorded for the first time from the Saya de Malha Bank, western Indian Ocean, based on a specimen collected in 1989 at a depth of 110-115 m. This is the easternmost known distribution of this species.
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The presence of the deep-water flathead, Bembradium magnoculum Kishimoto, Kawai, Tashiro et Aungtonya, 2019, from the north-eastern Indian Ocean is reported for the first time. The species was previously known only from a single specimen collected off Phuket, Thailand, eastern Andaman Sea. One specimen measuring 101 mm SL was collected by the Fishe...
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The presence of the deep-water flathead Bembradium magnoculum Kishimito, Kawai, Tashiro & Aungtonya, 2019 (family Plectrogeniidae) from the northeastern Indian Ocean is reported for the first time. The species was previously known only from off Phuket, Thailand, eastern Andaman Sea. One specimen measuring 101 mm SL was collected by the Fishery Ocea...
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The Western Australian deep-water tonguesole Cynoglossus westraliensis n. sp. is described from off North West Cape, Western Australia, based on two specimens collected at a depth of 250 metres. The new species is characterised within the Cynoglossus carpenteri species group by the snout relatively long, bluntly rounded; head length 21-25% of SL, s...
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Gobius ricasolii was described in 1935 by Di Caporiacco from the lower Küçük Menderes River drainage in Turkey. This species has not yet been listed as a freshwater fauna of Turkey. Ahnelt (1995) described Knipowitschia ephesi from the same locality based on materials collected by Curt Kosswig in 1948. We examined the type materials of G. ricasolii...
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Intertidal fishes are found in large numbers and play an important role in their ecosystems, but knowledge of their ecology is still very limited in many tropical regions. Within this context, data from intertidal fishes in Mauritius were compiled from different sources and intertidal resident species were examined in Mauritian tidepools. A total o...
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A checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of New Ireland Province is presented, with special emphasis on Kavieng District, combining both previous and new records. After the recent KAVIENG 2014 expedition, a total of 1325 species in 153 families were recorded from the region. The largest families are the Gobiidae, Pomacentridae, Labridae, Serr...
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The samarid flatfish Plagiopsetta biocellata sp. nov. is described from Egypt, Gulf of Aqaba, southern Red Sea, based on a specimen collected in the coral-reef lagoon at a depth of 0-1 metres. The new species is characterised within the genus Plagiopsetta by 61 dorsal-fin rays, anal-fin rays 53, pectoral-fin rays on ocular side 8, caudal-fin rays 1...
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The goldband goatfish, Upeneus moluccensis (Bleeker, 1855), is an Indo-West Pacific species, which has been reported as a Lessepsian migrant from the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The species has expanded its distribution range in the Mediterranean; individuals have been recorded from Israel, Lebanon, Libya, the south coast of Turkey, and the Aegean S...
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Bourjon P., Crochelet E., Fricke R. 2019. First record of the large caerulean damselfish, Pomacentrus caeruleopunctatus (Actinopterygii: Perciformes: Pomacentridae), from Reunion Island, southwest Indian Ocean. Acta Ichthyol. Piscat. 49 (1): 59-63. Abstract. The large caerulean damselfish, Pomacentrus caeruleopunctatus Allen, 2002, is recorded for...
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The flashlight fishes of the genus Photoblepharon (Family: Anomalopidae) are herein reviewed, in order to clarify their taxonomy. The genus includes two species Photoblepharon palpebratum (Boddaert, 1781) from the eastern Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean and Photoblepharon steinitzi Abe et Haneda, 1973 from the Red Sea, Oman, and western...
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A revised checklist of the teleost fishes for Sea of Marmara includes 263 species in 78 families, providing a short historical background and comments on problematic reports. The paper also includes a discussion of other literature reports on taxonomic changes to serve as a guideline for future survey work and ecological studies, including some dat...
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A new species of paedomorphic gobioid fish, Schindleria nigropunctata from the Red Sea, is described on the basis of two specimens. The new species is characterised by its relatively high body bearing pigment spots, largest specimen 15.6 mm standard length (SL), the body depth at pectoral-fin origin 5–6% of SL and at anal-fin origin 9% of SL, the p...
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