Citharichthys darwini

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Taxonavigation: Pleuronectoidei 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Ordo: Pleuronectiformes
Subordo: Pleuronectoidei

Familia: Paralichthyidae
Genus: Citharichthys
Species: Citharichthys darwini



Citharichthys darwini Victor & Wellington, 2013

  • Holotype: SIO 12-3075.
  • Paratypes: SIO 12-3076 (2); LACM 57426-1 (1), 23671 (8); CAS 6895 (5), 6862 (8); USNM 101970 (4), 101896 (2).
  • Type locality: Ecuador, Galápagos Islands, Isla Isabela, Tagus Cove, -0.26°, -91.37°[1].
  • Etymology: The new species is named for Charles Darwin, who spent an “overpoweringly hot” October 1, 1835 exploring Tagus Cove and hiking into the Beagle Crater just south of the bay (quote from The Voyage of the Beagle). Furthermore, the description serves as a somewhat belated recognition of the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species in London in October 1860, mitigated to some small degree by the knowledge that the dilatory nature of the endeavor would not be particularly foreign to Darwin’s sensibilities.



Vernacular names

English: Darwin’s Sanddab