|Title||Chriolepis bilix, a new species of goby (Teleostei: Gobiidae) from deep waters of the western Atlantic|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Hastings PA, Findley L.T|
|Type of Article||Article|
|Keywords||Caribbean; Chriolepis; fish; Gobiidae; Gulf of Mexico; Varicus|
A new species of seven-spined goby of the genus Chriolepis is described from four specimens from four widely separate western Atlantic localities (Little Bahama Bank; off southwestern Florida; Tobago Island; and northeastern Colombia) from depths ranging from 62 to 138 m. The species is distinct from all other western Atlantic species currently assigned to the genus Chriolepis in having a fully scaled body, the first two dorsal-fin spines greatly elongated in both sexes, especially so in females, and two anal-fin pterygiophores inserted anterior to the first haemal spine. It differs from members of the similar genus Varicus in having branched pelvic-fins rays, a longer fifth pelvic-fin ray and more numerous meristic elements. It closely resembles Chriolepis atrimelum, known from a similar depth at Isla del Coco in the eastern Pacific Ocean.