New Providence cusk-eel

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New Providence cusk-eel
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Ophidiiformes
Family: Bythitidae
Genus: Lucifuga
Species: L. spelaeotes
Binomial name
Lucifuga spelaeotes
Cohen & C. R. Robins, 1970

The New Providence cusk-eel, Lucifuga spelaeotes, is a species of cavefish in the Bythitidae family. It is endemic to the Bahamas, where it has been reported from a small number of marine blue holes, inland caverns and chasms. It is the only known cusk eel species that can occur in surface waters; all others exclusively live in the deep parts of the ocean, or in underwater caves. It was first described in 1970.[2]


  1. ^ Dooley, J., Collette, B., Aiken, K.A., Marechal, J. & Pina Amargos, F. (2015). " Lucifuga spelaeotes". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN: e.T12398A19929465. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Cohen, D. M.; Robins, C. R. (1970). "A new ophidioid fish (genus Lucifuga) from a limestone sink, New Providence Island, Bahamas". Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 83 (133-144).