Godzilla Goby, from Southern Caribbean Waters

Main report: Godzilla goby: A new frilly-finned deep-water goby
(Advanced Aquarist)
Other Reporting: Phys.org, EurekAlert
Scientific Paper: Zookeys    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Varicus lacerta
Species named for: ‘lacerta’, Latin for ‘lizard’; Godzilla for sci-fi radioactive reptilian monster.
Categories: Fish | New Species
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The new species has a disproportionately large head and multiple rows of recurved canine teeth in each jaw, which is why the research team chose the common Godzilla goby. This deep water Goby adds to another identified last year and nine new goby species identified last month.  As part of The Smithsonian Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP), the 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 of the Godzilla goby.


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