Four new fishes of the genus
Pempheris (Perciformes: Pempheridae) from the
western Indian Ocean
John E. Randall & Benjamin
species of pempherid fishes (common name sweepers)
of the genus Pempheris are described: P.
convexa from the south coast of Oman and the Maldives,
unique in the convex dorsal profile of the head, small
eye, and silver-gray color, and the scales rimmed
with yellowish brown; P. cuprea from northern
Mozambique with a deep body, low counts of pectoral-fin
rays and gill rakers, and copper coloration; P.
darvelli from the Gulf of Oman, silvery with
irregular broad brassy stripes and pink iridescence
on head and dorsally on body; and P. eatoni,
common on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique,
often in tidal channels along rocky shores, and typically
silvery gray with blue-green iridescence, each scale
with a vertically elongate brown spot.
Randall, J.E. & Victor,
B.C. (2014) Four new fishes of the genus Pempheris
(Perciformes: Pempheridae) from the western Indian
Ocean. Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation,
publication date: 31 October