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Lucifuga subterranea

Poey 1858

Lucifuga subterranea
Redrawn by Rhian Kendall from Nalbant (1981)
ORDERSUB-ORDERFAMILY
OphidiiformesBythitoideiBythitidae

Note

Need to add to distribution

Need to add to systematics

Need to get RL details for cons

Synonyms

Lucifuga subterraneus  Poey 1858

Lucifuga teresinarum  Diaz Perez 1988

Country

Cuba

Types

Holotype: ZMB 6341. This species is the type species by monotypy of the cave restricted genus Lucifuga.

Distribution

Type locality: Cueva de Cajio, potrero de Torres, dos leguas, (c. 8.5 km), Sur de Guira de Melena, Habana province, Cuba. Other sites from which this species has been collected are given by Garcia Debras, Gonzalez and Yager (1999) (22o-23oN, 80o-84oW).

Habitat

Inhabits anchialine caves.

Systematics

In the subfamily Brosmophycinae.

Conservation Status

[VU D2:2.3:1996]

Alfredo Garcia Debras (pers. comm.) reports that some historical locations for this species have been partially or totally destroyed, some are affected by pollution from industrial and/or domestic sources and others by various engineering works. He also states that some marine fish species have been introduced into the habitat of Lucifuga species, where they not only compete for resources (mainly food) but also actively prey on the cave fishes.

Museum Holdings

Only the above known about but there must be others in Museums in Cuba and the United States.

Key References

Poey, F. Book 1858 Memorias sobre la historia natural de la Isla de Cuba
Lane, H. H. Journal Article 1903 The ovarian structure of the viviparous blind fishes Lucifuga and Stygicola
Lane, H. H. Journal Article 1908 On the ovary and ova of the Cuban cavefishes
Eigenmann, C. H. Journal Article 1909 Cave vertebrates of America, a study in degenerative evolution
Nunez Jimenez, A. Journal Article 1944 Los peces ciegos en Cuba
Cohen, D. M. and Robins, C. R. Journal Article 1970 A new ophidioid fish (Genus Lucifuga) from a limestone sink, New Providence Island, Bahamas
Juberthie, C. Journal Article 1971 Notes sur l'ecologie des poissons souterraines de Cuba
Taboada, G.S. Book 1974 Sinopsis de la espeleofauna Cubana. Serie espeleologica y carsologica No. 43
Vina, N., Davila, Zaida and Grana, A. Journal Article 1975 Contribucion al conocimiento de los peces cavernicolas de Cuba
Durand, J. P. Journal Article 1978 Phenomenes de convergences tissulaires et cytologiques, lies aux processus degeneratifs qui affectent l'oeil chez deux teleoteens cavericoles Asytyanax (Anoptichthys) mexicanus (Characidae) et Lucifuga (Stygicola) dentatus (Ophidiidae)
Cohen, D. M. and Nielsen, J. G. Journal Article 1978 Guide to the identification of genera of the fish order Ophidiiformes with a tentative classification of the order
Thines, G. and Piquemal, M. Journal Article 1978 Observations sur les comportements de Lucifuga subterranea Poey (Pisces, Ophidiidae), poisson cavernicole de Cuba
Nunez Jimenez, A. Journal Article 1980 40 anos explorando a Cuba
Varela, E., Barros, O. and Jimenez, S. Book Section 1980 The effects of sugar-waste disposal on a karstic limestone aquifer
Vergara, R. Journal Article 1980 Estudio fenetico de los peces ciegos del genero Lucifuga
Vergara, R. Journal Article 1980 Estudio filogenetico del los peces ciegos del genero Lucifuga (Pisces, Ophidiidae). I Sistematica filogenetica
Nalbant, T. T. Journal Article 1981 A study of the subterranean species of Lucifuga from Cuba, with the description of Lucifuga simile sp. n. (Pisces, Ophidiiformes, Bythitidae)
Vergara, R. Journal Article 1981 Estudio filogenetico del los peces ciegos del genero Lucifuga (Pisces, Ophidiidae). II Bibliografia filogenetica
Vergara, R. Journal Article 1981 Estudio filogenetico del los peces ciegos del genero Lucifuga (Pisces, Ophidiidae). III Aspectos evolutivos
Burgess, G.H. Book Section 1983 Lucifuga
Burgess, G. H. and Franz, R. Book Section 1987 Zoogeography of the Antillean freshwater fish fauna
Diaz Perez, P. A., Misas, E. and Virsida, G. Journal Article 1987 Peces ciegos fel genero Lucifuga (Ophidiiformes, Bythitidae) en dos casimbas cubanas
Diaz Perez, P. A., Lima, A. M. and Machado, E. G. Journal Article 1987 Morfologia externa de ejemplares machos de Lucifuga Simile Nalbant, 1981 (Ophidiiformes, Bythitidae)
Diaz Perez, P. A. Journal Article 1988 Lucifuga teresinarum sp. n. nueva especie cubana de peces troglobios (Ophidiiformes, Bythitidae)
Wilkens, H., Strecker, U. and Yager, J. Journal Article 1989 Eye reduction and phylogenetic age of ophidiiform cave fishes
Garcia Debras, A. and Perez Gonzales, A. Journal Article 1992 Nueva forma y neuva variante en la relacion de las aletas impares para Lucifuga simile Nalbant 1981
Garcia Debras, A. and Perez, A. Journal Article 1992 Nueva forma y nueve variante en la relacion de las aletas impares para Lucifuga simile Nalbant 1981
Garcia-Debras, A and Perez-Gonzalez, A Journal Article 1992 Nueva forma et nueva variante en la relacion de las aletas impares para Lucifuga simile Nalbant 1981
Yager, J., Spokane, R. B., Bozanic, J. E., Williams, D. W. and Balado, E. Journal Article 1994 An ecological comparison of two anchialine caves in Cuba with emphasis on water chemistry
Coy, A., Garcia, N. and Ventosa, L. Journal Article 1997 Helmintos de peces cubanos del genero Lucifuga Poey, 1858 (Ophidiiformes: Bythitidae)
Coy Otero, Alberto, Garcia, Nayla and Ventosa, Luisa Journal Article 1997 Helminths of Cuban fishes of the genus Lucifuga Poey 1858 (Ophidiiformes; Bythitidae).
Durand, J.P. Journal Article 1998 Degenerescence spontanee des yeax du poisson cavernicole Lucifuga subterraneus Poey, 1861 (Teleostei, Ophidioidei)
Cohen, D. M. and McCosker, J. E. Journal Article 1998 A new species of Bythitid fish, genus Lucifuga, from the Galapagos Islands
Garcia Debras, A. and Gonzalez, A.P. Journal Article 1999 Estudio sobre la dieta de peces Cubanos (Ophidiiformes: Bythitidae)
Garcia, N., Coy, A. and Ventosa, L. Journal Article 1999 Nematodos asociados a la espeleofauna Cubana
Nielsen, J. G., Cohen, D. M., Markle, D.F. and Robins, C. R. Journal Article 1999 Ophidiiform fishes of the world (Order Ophidiiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform fishes known to date
Diaz Perez, P. A. Journal Article 19xx Caracteres meristicos comparados del Genero Lucifuga (Ophidiiformes, Bythitidae)
Moller, PR, Schwarzhans, W, Iliffe, TM and Nielsen, JG Journal Article 2006 Revision of the Bahamian cave-fishes of the genus Lucifuga (Ophidiiformes, Bythitidae), with description of a new species from Islands on the Little Bahama bank
Casane, D, Hernandez, D, Garcia, A, Chevalier-Monteagudo, P, Bernathez, L and Garcia-Machado, E Journal Article 2009 Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of Cuban cave fishes (genus Lucifuga)
Garcia-Machado, E, Hernandez, D, Moller, PR, Bernatchez, L and Casane, D Journal Article 2011 Phylogenetic relationships among Cuban and Bahamian species of the blind cave-fishes genus Lucifuga: A shared lineage among two isoloated archipelagoes
Garcia-Machado, E, Hernandez, D, Garcia-Debras, A, Chevalier-Monteagudo, P, Metcalfe, C, Bernatchez, L and Casane, D Journal Article 2011 Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of the Cuban cave-fishes of the genus Lucifuga: Evidence for cryptic allopatric diversity
Moller, PR, Knudsen, SW, Schwarzhans, W and Nielsen, JG Journal Article 2016 A new classification of viviparous brotulas (Bythitidae) – with family status for Dinematichthyidae – based on molecular, morphological and fossil data
Hernandez, D., Casane, D., Chevalier-Monteagudo, P., Bernatchez, L. and Garcia-Machado, E. Journal Article 2016 Go West: A One Way Stepping-Stone Dispersion Model for the Cavefish Lucifuga dentata in Western Cuba