Wednesday, June 10, 2009

New species: Keeping up with the fishes

It's important to pause every once in a while and sample the world of new species great and small.

The title link gives us a new wrasse from Brazil, a very attractive species named Halichoeres sazimai after Brazilian ichthyologist Ivan Sazima.

A new electric knifefish from Brazil and neighboring countries:
(COMMENT: "Electric Knifefish" would be a great name for a rock band.)

And a continuing stream of discoveries of fish and inveretebrates from Antarctic waters, which one scientist described by saying, "There are some quite weird things down there. One sea cucumber species has this big protuberance sticking out of it. No one really knows what it's for." Another species "looks just like a sea anemone on a stick."

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