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Tornabene and Baldwin 2017


scientific article | PLoS ONE | open access

A new mesophotic goby, Palatogobius incendius (Teleostei: Gobiidae), and the first record of invasive lionfish preying on undescribed biodiversity

Tornabene L, Baldwin CC



Abstract

A new species of deep-reef fish in the goby genus Palatogobius is described from recent submersible collections off Curaçao and Dominica. Video footage of schools of this species reveal predation by the invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois spp.), the first record of undescribed fauna potentially being eaten by lionfish outside of its native range. We present molecular phylogenetic data for all valid species of Palatogobius and related genera, as well as a taxonomic key to the species of Palatogobius and a generic key to Palatogobius and related genera in the western Atlantic. Lastly, we discuss ecological and behavioral aspects of some deep-reef fishes in light of potential threats from invasive lionfish.

Behind the science
Keywords
Meta-data
Depth range
88- 201 m

Mesophotic “mentions”
10 x (total of 5903 words)

Classification
* Presents original data
* Reports new species
* Focused on `mesophotic` depth range
* Focused on `mesophotic coral ecosystem`

Fields
Taxonomy
Behavior
Ecology

Focusgroups
Fishes

Locations
Curaçao
Honduras - Bay Islands
Dominica

Platforms
Manned Submersible

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