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First record of blind-side hypermelanosis in a wild brill, Colistium guntheri (Hutton, 1873) (Pisces: Pleuronectidae), collected from Manukau Harbor, Auckland, New Zealand

L. A. Jawad
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Flat Bush, Manukau, 4 Tinturn Place, Flat Bush, Manukau, Auckland 2016, New Zealand. Email: laith_jawad@hotmail.com

Marine and Freshwater Research - https://doi.org/10.1071/MF17032
Submitted: 1 February 2017  Accepted: 21 April 2017   Published online: 20 June 2017

Abstract

Partial hypermelanosis was observed on the blind side of one specimen of wild brill (Colistium guntheri) with a total length of 330 mm, collected from Manukau Harbour, south of Auckland City, New Zealand. This is the first record of brill blind-side hypermelanosis from New Zealand waters. The specimen showed broad melanic patches running mainly at the base of the dorsal and anal fins. Causes for such colour aberration are discussed.

Additional keywords: colour aberration, flatfish, melanosis, vertebral column.


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