New fossils of Neogene pricklebacks (Actinopterygii: Stichaeidae) from East Asia

M.V. Nazarkin & Y. Yabumoto

Abstract. Two new findings of fossil pricklebacks (Pisces: Stichaeidae) from the Miocene deposits of Honshu Island (Japan) and Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia) are described. Both specimens are incomplete and cannot be identified below either family or subfamily level. Nevertheless, these findings suggest wide distribution of stichaeids in the North-Western Pacific during the Miocene. The specimen from the deep-sea Bessho Formation of Honshu represents the first fossil record of pricklebacks of the subfamily Lumpeninae.
Key words: fossil pricklebacks, Miocene, Russia, Japan, Actinopterygii, Stichaeidae, new finds

Zoosystematica Rossica, 2015, 24(1): 128–137  ▪  Published in print 25 June 2015


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