Post Tagged with: "Caribbean Sea"

Two New Jawfishes and a New Genus Described From Deepwater Caribbean Reefs

Two New Jawfishes and a New Genus Described From Deepwater Caribbean Reefs

Fish, New Species, Species Discovery April 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Both new species were found in mesophotic reefs in the Caribbean.  Two specimens of the Pygmy Jawfish, a new species and genus,  were found 250m deep off Cuzumel.  It is only inch in length.  It is described as a new genus.   Despite occurring beyond the reach of most divers and collectors, the Curaçao Jawfish was already been made available to aquarists, collected by the Curaçao-based submersible Curasub.    

Nine new goby species and four new genera

Nine new goby species and four new genera

Fish, New Species June 16, 2016 at 9:08 am

Thanks to advances in submersible technology, recent exploration of mesophotic (AKA twilight zone) Caribbean reefs have yielded nine new deep-water goby species and a reclassification of the Nes subgroup of gobies.   All the gobies hail from deepwater, mesophotic Caribbean reefs.  The research team documented and captured specimens using manned submersibles such as the Johnson Sea-Link I and II submersibles and the Curasub.  

Godzilla Goby, from Southern Caribbean Waters

Godzilla Goby, from Southern Caribbean Waters

Fish, New Species June 16, 2016 at 8:54 am

The new species has a disproportionately large head and multiple rows of recurved canine teeth in each jaw, which is why the research team chose the common Godzilla goby. This deep water Goby adds to another identified last year and nine new goby species identified last month.  As part of The Smithsonian Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP), the new goby fish species was discovered in the southern Caribbean. Living at depths greater than conventional SCUBA divers can access, yet too shallow to be of interest for deep-diving submersibles, the fish will now be known under the common name of the Godzilla goby.

A New Species of Deep-sea fish from Chemosynthetic Environments in the Caribbean Sea

A New Species of Deep-sea fish from Chemosynthetic Environments in the Caribbean Sea

Fish, New Species January 15, 2016 at 9:45 am

The 28th species of the eelpout genus Pachycara Zugmayer, 1911, is described from specimens collected from an active hydrothermal vent field at a depth of about 2300 m at the Mid-Cayman Spreading Centre of the Caribbean Sea.