Dive into the twilight zone off Easter Island reveals new species

Main report: Dive into the twilight zone off Easter Island reveals new species
(The Guardian)
Other Reporting: Calacademy.org, Expedition: Easter Island | California Academy of Sciences (video), Discover Magazine, Reefs.com
Scientific Paper: not published   
Categories: Fish | Invertebrates | New Species | Species Discovery
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A diving expedition off Easter Island, 60–150 meters beneath the surface (the “twilight zone”), reveal new species of fish and invertebrates.  In collaboration with SUBELAB Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, a scientific team from the California Academy of Sciences became the first divers to study mesophotic ecosystems off Rapa Nui.  An orange colored sea biscuit, and four fish collected are almost certainly new species.  California Academy of Sciences Ichthyology Curator Luis Rocha plans to give the fish all Rapa Nui names in honor of the local culture.

Sea biscuit from Rapa Nui, 80-meters depth. Photograph: Rich Mooi/California Academy of Sciences

 


A new species in the genus Anatolanthias. Photograph: Luiz Rocha/California Academy of Sciences

Chromis sp. from Easter Island. Credit: Luiz Rocha / California Academy Of Sciences

A new perchlet from Rapa Nui. Photograph: Luiz Rocha/California Academy of Sciences

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