A new twilight zone anthias from Pohnpei
Luzonichthys seaver is a small species that grows to less than 2 inches (50mm) in length. The abstract of the open-access Biodiversity Data Journal 3 paper provides a summary of the new anthias, including the incredible depth (300+ft) where they live.
Luzonichthys seaver, n. sp., is described from two specimens, 42-46 mm standard length (SL) collected from Pohnpei, Micronesia. Collections were made by divers on mixed-gas closed-circuit rebreathers using hand nets at depths of 90-100 m. Luzonichthys seaver is distinct from all other species of the genus in the characters of lateral line scales, gill rakers, pelvic fin length, caudal concavity and coloration. Of the six species of Luzonichthys, it appears to be morphologically most similar to L. earlei and L. whitleyi.
Currently L.seaver is only known from Pohnpei, but a yet unconfirmed larva of this species was collected in Moorea, French Polynesia. Further exploration of coral reef twilight zones is likely to expand this anthias known range.