scientific article | Caribb J Sci
Dennis GD, Hensley D, Colin PL, Kimmel JJ
Forty-six new records of marine fishes to the Puerto Rican Plateau are reported here with notes on their habitat and life history. The lack of previous reports of many of these species is due to three main reasons: poorly sampled habitats, improved taxonomy, and being a part of a waif fauna. Twenty-one taxa are reported from previously inadequately sampled deep water (>20 m) habitats. Twelve additional species are reported from shallow water in poorly sampled habitats, such as mangroves, soft bottom, or rocky shores. Revision in taxonomy and careful examination revealed seven taxa that are taxonomically distinct from forms previously reported from the area. Finally six rare forms may compromise a waif fauna that infrequently colonizes the region.