Scientific papers

The following are scientific papers published of new species discovered by the Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with Substation Curacao. 


new deep reef basslets

Two new Lipogramma basslets are described, L. barrettorum and L. schrieri, captured during submersible diving to 300 m depth off Curaçao, southern Caribbean. Superficially resembling L. robinsi in having 11–12 bars of pigment on the trunk, L. barrettorum is distinct from L. robinsi in having a stripe of blue-white pigment along the dorsal midline of the head (vs. a cap of yellow pigment), in patterns of pigment on the median fins, and in having 8–10 gill rakers on the lower limb of the first arch. Read the complete article published by Zookeys.


DNA Barcoading

DNA Barcoding and Morphology Unite an Enigmatic Fish Larva from the
Florida Straits with a New Species of Sea Bass from Deep
Reefs off Curacao. Integrative taxonomy, in which multiple disciplines are combined to address questions related to biological species diversity, is a valuable tool for identifying pelagic marine fish larvae and recognizing the existence of new fish species. Download the PDF..