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The pipefish Anarchopterus tectus in western South Atlantic: clarification of its southernmost distribution

  • Cristina Sazima (a1), Alfredo Carvalho-Filho (a2) and Ivan Sazima (a3)

The geographical distribution of the pipefish Anarchopterus tectus in the western South Atlantic is clarified based on three museum specimens and an underwater photograph. The known range for this reef pipefish is extended by ~4000 km southwards in a straight line and by ~5500 km of coastline.

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Correspondence should be addressed to: Ivan Sazima, Museu de Zoologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, 13083-970 Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil email:
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Marine Biodiversity Records
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