New species of fish parasite named after Xena, the warrior princess

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  • May 7, 2019
  • A study of parasitic crustaceans attaching themselves inside the branchial cavities (the gills) of their fish hosts was recently conducted in order to reveal potentially unrecognised diversity of the genus Elthusa in South Africa. While there had only been one species known from the country, a new article published in the open-access journal ZooKeys adds another three to the list. For […]

    How did the guppy cross the ocean: An unexpected fish appears on a volcanic archipelago

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  • March 26, 2018
  • While people tend to describe tropical oceanic islands as ‘paradises on Earth’ and associate them with calm beaches, transparent warm waters and marvellous landscapes, archipelagos are often the product of a fierce natural force – volcanoes which erupt at the bottom of the sea. Because of their origin, these islands have never been connected to […]

    Chinese scientists discover a new species of catfish in Myanmar

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  • January 24, 2017
  • During a survey of the freshwater fishes of the Mali Hka River drainage in the Hponkanrazi Wildlife Sanctuary, Myanmar, scientists Xiao-Yong Chen, Tao Qin and Zhi-Ying Chen, from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), identified a new catfish species among the collected specimens. It is distinct with a set of morphological features including its mouthparts […]

    Hawaii’s newest species named in honor of President Obama

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  • December 21, 2016
  • The new species is the only coral-reef fish that lives exclusively within the marine protected area, which was recently expanded by the President Scientists from the Bishop Museum, NOAA, and the Association for Marine Exploration published the description of a new species of coral-reef fish that they named in honor of President Barack Obama. The […]

    Fishy “juveniles” from the Caribbean to be recognized as a new species, the Hourglass basslet

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  • December 7, 2016
  • Living in deep reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, the banded basslet, a small and colorful species with a wide range of distribution, has long been thought to undergo significant changes during its growth into an adult. Suspiciously, the juveniles appeared much more heavily banded. Recently, however, American scientists figured out that the ‘juveniles’ were in […]

    New species of butterflyfish in the deep reefs of now Earth’s largest protected area Papahānaumokuākea

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  • September 7, 2016
  • In the midst of the ongoing IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, scientists from Bishop Museum and NOAA published a description of a new species of butterflyfish from deep reefs of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which was recently expanded by President Barack Obama to become world’s largest protected area. […]

    The Godzilla goby is the latest new species discovered by the Smithsonian DROP project

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  • June 8, 2016
  • As part of the Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP), initiated by the Smithsonian Institution, a new goby fish species was discovered in the southern Caribbean. Living at depths greater than conventional SCUBA divers can access, yet too shallow to be of interest for deep-diving submersibles, the fish will now be known under the common name […]