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A new deep-sea jawfish

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 10, 2017 09:00 AM
Opistognathus schrieri is a new Caribbean species of jawfish currently only known from Curaçao. Specimens were collected from sand beds at the crushing depth of about 152 m (500 ft).
A new deep-sea jawfish

Opistognathus schrieri, holotype, UF 185355, male, 48.0 mm SL, fresh (immediate postmortem), off Curaçao (Z.S. Randall)

Like most jawfish such as its better known blue-spotted (Opistognathus rosenblatti) and yellowheaded jawfish (O. aurifrons), O. schrieri is found living on/in sand beds; the type locality is pea-sized rubble sand bed.  Little else is known about the new species at this time.

Opistognathus schrieri is described in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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