A new species of Lipogramma idabeli is collected at a depth of 122–165 m off the coast of Roatan, Honduras, in the western Caribbean. The new species is distinguished from all other species in the genus by its bright blue coloration on the head, nape, and dorsal portion of the trunk beneath the spinous dorsal fin, a prominent round black blotch below the origin of the spinous dorsal fin, and a high number of gill rakers.
Specimens were collected using the Idabel submarine. The Idabel can accommodate a pilot and two scientists and is capable of diving to ~700 m. This sub is recently outfitted with a fish-catching system capable of delivering an anesthetic solution and capturing specimens with a suction system powered by one of the submersible’s vertical thrusters. Manned subs have proven to be highly effective for collecting fishes from deep as compared to divers using closed-circuit rebreathers, which are limited to depths less than ~ 150 m and recreational scuba diving is limited to depth of 50 m.
The species was frequently observed in the mid-to-upper rariphotic zone between 122–165 m depth, in or around small rock crevices, rock piles, or caves situated on steep limestone walls covered with coarse sediment and fine rubble composed of dead sections of the green macroalga Halimeda.
The complete set of papers on Lipogramma idabeli are here.