A new genus of clingfish found in a 40+ year old specimen jar

Main report: What has 1,800 teeth and a suction cup? A new clingfish species
(CBS News)
Other Reporting: Science 360 News, Texas A&M University
Scientific Paper: Copeia    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Nettorhamphos radula
Common Name: Duckbilled clingfish
Categories: Fish | New Species | Species Discovery

Scientists at the University of Washington, Texas A&M University and the Western Australian Museum discovered the new genus and species of clingfish after stumbling upon a specimen preserved in a jar dating back to the 1970s, of the Western Australian Museum in Welshpool, Australia. The teensy translucent fish is just a few inches long, but it sports between 1,800 and 2,300 teeth in its duckbill-like mouth.

The new species was trawled from sponge and algae reefs between 30–40 meters in depth offshore from Fremantle, Western Australia.

Credit: Kevin Conway and Glenn Moore

 

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