Lucifuga spelaeotes Cohen & Robins, 1970
New Providence cusk-eel
photo by Johnson, L.

Family:  Bythitidae (Livebearing brotulas)
Max. size:  10.9 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; brackish; marine; depth range 1 - 21 m
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Bahamas.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 86-109; Anal soft rays: 66-82; Vertebrae: 51-55. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following combination of characters: Vertebrae 13-14+38-42=51-55, dorsal fin rays 86-109, anal fin rays 66-82, pectoral fin rays 17-20, caudal fin rays 10; head profile above eye is strongly depressed, small, developed eyes 0.7-1.8 % SL; palatine teeth present, in 1-7 short irregular rows, with 3-56 teeth total; long gill-rakers 3, dark pigmented (Ref. 57878).
Biology:  Inhabits dark inland caves, brackishwater sinkholes, and marine blue holes (Ref. 27158. 57878).
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 29 January 2013 (B1ab(iii)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. - 06.06.94
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 01.03.07
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 03.10.97

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