A case of partial albinism in the yellow-belly flounder, Rhombosolea leporina Günther, 1862 (Pleuronectiformes: Pleuronectidae) collected from Manukau Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand

Laith A. Jawad

Abstract


A partial albino specimen of Rhombosolea leporina with a total length of 295 mm was collected from Manukau Harbour, south of Auckland City, New Zealand. This is the first record of abnormal pigmentation in the wild yellow-belly flounder from New Zealand waters. The specimen is patterned with a white blotch on the caudal peduncle area of the ocular side. Causes for such colour aberration are discussed.

Keywords


abnormality; flatfish; vertebral deformity; albino specimen

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.26496/bjz.2014.62

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