Date of Award

Fall 1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Biological Sciences



Committee Director

Ray S. Birdsong

Committee Member

Robert K. Rose

Committee Member

Alan H. Savitsky

Committee Member

John Holsinger

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.B46 B42


The Pacific members of the genus Bollmannia Jordan 1890 comprise seven species of gobies distributed from Baja California to Peru and west to the Galapagos Archipelago.

Previous authors recognized nine nominal species, all known only from their brief original accounts. Those accounts do not allow for proper discrimination of the species. All nominal species were re­ examined using meristic, morphometric, and pigment-pattern characteristics. Three of the nine nominal species are herein considered synonymous with previously described forms. The six valid nominal species are redescribed, a new species is described, and a key and illustrations are provided for the seven valid species. Available distribution and ecological information is included for each species.


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