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. […]

    Unusual new zoantharian species is the first described solitary species in over 100 years

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  • July 25, 2016
  • A very unusual new species of zoantharian surprised Drs Takuma Fujii and James Davis Reimer, affiliated with Kagoshima University and University of the Ryukyus. The scientists stumbled upon a solitary individual polyp while conducting SCUBA surveys around the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. They noticed that the creatures were buried almost completely in the soft sediment […]

    Scorpionfish too deep for SCUBA divers caught by submersible turns out to be a new species

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  • July 22, 2016
  • Smithsonian Institution’s DROP project describes a tenth new fish species near the Caribbean island of Curaçao Discovered by scientists using the manned submersible Curasub in the deep-reef waters of the Caribbean island of Curaçao, a new scorpionfish species is the latest one captured with the help of the sub’s two robotic arms. Found by Dr. […]