A deep reef Butterflyfish now described.

Main report: Scientists discover a new deep-reef Butterflyfish species in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
(NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries)
Other Reporting: Reefbuilders, YouTube (video), Saltcorner, Phys.org, Sciencespacerobots
Scientific Paper: Zookeys   
New Taxa: Prognathodes basabei
Species named for: diver Pete Basabe
Categories: Fish | New Species
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This species was first observed in video taken from manned submersibles more than 20 years ago, at depths as great as 600 feet. However, because of the extreme depths, it was many years before technical divers using advanced electronic closed-circuit rebreathers were able to collect and describe the species.

Video

Pete Basabe’s Butterflyfish (Prognathodes basabei Pyle and Kosaki 2016) at a depth of 220 feet off Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Credit: Richard L. Pyle / Bishop Museum

Pete Basabe’s Butterflyfish (Prognathodes basabei Pyle and Kosaki 2016) at a depth of 220 feet off Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Credit: Richard L. Pyle / Bishop Museum

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