Tornabene and Baldwin 2017

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

Tornabene L, Baldwin CC

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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
Submersible leaving ship Life photo new sp  bar2212
Photographing specimens School new species Sorting the catch2
Journal.pone.0177179 red
Meta-data (pending validation)
Depth range
88- 201 m

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


Research focus

Curaçao Honduras - Bay Islands Dominica

Research platforms
Manned Submersible

Reports new species
Author profiles
Luke Tornabene ( 4 pubs)
Carole Baldwin ( 7 pubs)