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Volume 39- Number 2 - 2004

Fishes associated to drifting macroalgae in Aysen, Chile

Germán Pequeño1, Daniela Farías1, Martín Thiel2 e Iván Hinojosa2


(1) Instituto de Zoología “Ernst F. Kilian”, Universidad Austral de Chile Casilla 567, Valdivia, Chile
(2) Facultad de Ciencias del Mar, Universidad Católica del Norte Casilla 117, Coquimbo, Chile




The obtention of floating macroalgae debris in waters of southern Chile, for the first time allowed to explore the presence of fishes swimming together with such kind of ensemble. The presence of the following three species was recorded: the pipefish Leptonotus blainvilleanus (Family Syngnathidae), the chicy ruff Seriolella porosa (Family Centrolophidae); the starry butterfish Stromateus stellatus (Family Stromateidae) and the thornfish Bovichtus sp. (Family Bovichtidae). The last one, a specimen different from Bovichthus chilensis, the only species of the genus known in South America. The finding of representatives of these species allowed the addition of new antecedents, potentially important to explain aspects of their geographical distribution


Key words: Ichthyogeography, Bovichtus, Leptonotus, Seriolella, Stromateus




1Laboratorio de Zooplancton, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología,Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. A. P. 70-305, 04510 México, D. F. México
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