Fish

A new species of velvet skate, from Papua New Guinea

A new species of velvet skate, from Papua New Guinea

Fish, New Species April 1, 2017 at 12:17 pm

A medium-size species of arhynchobatid skate. White, William T., et al. 2017. Fig 2. Preserved holotype of Notoraja sereti n. sp. (female 459 mm TL)

12 new species of deep sea fish from the Gulf of Mexico

12 new species of deep sea fish from the Gulf of Mexico

Fish, New Species March 24, 2017 at 1:07 pm

The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, or GoMRI, paid for the study along with numerous other projects in the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill.   The study, called the DEEP END, took three voyages out of Houma on the Megsknsi. Each voyage took three months and used specialized nets to take around 16,000 samples of fish from below 3,280 feet. The study discovered 60 species of fish that had never before been discovered in the Gulf. Most of them were species that had already been discovered but had not been known to live in the Gulf. Twelve were completelyRead More

A fish with a short snout

A fish with a short snout

Fish, New Species March 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

A new fish has been discovered from Assam’s Dima Hasao district by a three member fish specialist’s team from North Eastern states of Manipur and Assam.   See also Garra robertsi, sp. nov.

An Eyeless, Pale Catfish from the Amazon

An Eyeless, Pale Catfish from the Amazon

Fish, New Species March 17, 2017 at 10:37 am

Just over 44 millimeters from the tip of its snout to the base of its tail, the X. sofiae is relatively small for Xyliphius, a genus of banjo catfish native to South America. Described by Mark Sabaj of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University,  the new catfish “has two characteristics that are relatively rare among catfishes: the complete loss of its eyes and its pale — almost extreme lack of — pigmentation,” Sabaj said. “Most catfishes with similar features inhabit underground aquifers and other cave environments.”  The species is described from a single specimen  collected in the main channel of the Río AmazonasRead More

Another Beautiful New Species of Triplefin

Another Beautiful New Species of Triplefin

Fish, New Species March 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

The dazzling color and pattern of the newly described Helcogramma atauroensisis clearly an adaptation to live among colorful algaes and encrusting organisms.  The red white nad blue markings are similar to those of Enneapterygius niue, also recently described.

New Grammatonotus Species from Pohnpei, Micronesia

New Grammatonotus Species from Pohnpei, Micronesia

Fish, New Species March 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

The two species were collected and described by authors from the Bishop Museum, found in deep reefs off Pohnpei Island and Senyavin Islands, the Caroline Islands group, western Pacific Ocean.  See also Brianne’s Groppo (Oct 2016). Grammatonotus xanthostigma. Photograph by Brian D. Greene. Grammatonotus pelipel. Photo by Brian D. Greene

A new lanternshark, found near Papua New Guinea

A new lanternshark, found near Papua New Guinea

Fish, New Species March 15, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Etmopterus samadiae is a relatively small, slender, species of lanternshark.  Nine specimens were identified, from  527–539 m depth, east of Malmal Passage, Madang, Papua New Guinea.

A new anglerfish, from the Western Indian Ocean

A new anglerfish, from the Western Indian Ocean

Fish, New Species March 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm

A new species of the deep-sea  anglerfish genus is described on the basis of a single female specimen collected from the Western Indian Ocean.  

Colorful killifish from the Amazonia Bolivia

Colorful killifish from the Amazonia Bolivia

Fish, New Species February 13, 2017 at 10:59 am

This colorful new species is described from a small stream in a tributary of the Amazon basin, central Bolivia.   The only other described species of the genus occurring in Bolivia is also known from the same Rio Madeira basin. Anablepsoides chapare, male, holotype, 36.9 mm SL, Bolivia, Department Cochabamba, Rio Isiboro drainage. Photo by S. Barandica.

A bright orange dwarfgoby

A bright orange dwarfgoby

Fish, New Species February 13, 2017 at 10:38 am

Researchers have described another new dwarf goby (see tubeworm dwarf goby), a new Sueviota species from the Red Sea.  

Three new Brazilian killifish

Three new Brazilian killifish

Fish, New Species February 13, 2017 at 10:26 am

Researchers have described three new Melanorivulus species, killifish from the savannas of central Brazilian high plateaus.  

A Colorful New Species of Triplefin

A Colorful New Species of Triplefin

Fish, New Species February 7, 2017 at 8:09 am

Three specimens were found near the Pacific islands of Niue and Samoa.  Found Its colorful body is striped red and white, and blue.  The fins are mostly transparent, but as the name implies, there are three separate dorsal fins from the head to the tail.

Scientists report possible new hammerhead shark species

Scientists report possible new hammerhead shark species

Fish, New Species February 2, 2017 at 1:26 pm

Researchers in Belize believe they’ve discovered a new species of hammerhead shark, based on DNA analysis of the bonnethead shark, a small species of hammerhead found in the United States, Bahamas, Caribbean and Latin America.  Research is supported by the citizen science efforts of Earthwatch.

A new species of electric fish from Brazil

A new species of electric fish from Brazil

Fish, New Species February 2, 2017 at 10:13 am

A new species of Gymnotus, is described from the rio Jucuruçu basin, a coastal river drainage located in the southern part of Bahia state, northeastern Brazil.

A beautiful new knifefish

A beautiful new knifefish

Fish, New Species January 31, 2017 at 11:03 am

This mocha-hued Knifefish is described from rio Correntes, the main river at the rio Piquiri system, upper rio Paraguai basin, Brazil. Image credit: Ricardo Campos-Da-Paz and Igor Raposo Queiroz2, Zootaxa.

A miniature goby that lives in abandoned worm tubes

A miniature goby that lives in abandoned worm tubes

Fish, New Species January 31, 2017 at 9:40 am

This tiny new goby was found living 65 to 115 feet (20 to 35m) deep in Milne Bay in Papua New Guinea, on or around the abandoned tubes of tubeworms which grow out of silt up to a foot (30cm) high, and covered with encrusting invertebrates.

A new species of catfish in Myanmar

A new species of catfish in Myanmar

Fish, New Species January 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm

During a survey of the Mali Hka River drainage in Hponkanrazi Wildlife Sanctuary in December 2015, scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences colected a new species of catfish.

First live images of the ruby seadragon

First live images of the ruby seadragon

First Video, Fish, New Species, Species Discovery January 24, 2017 at 2:44 pm

In 2015, a new, third species of seadragon from Australia was described, based on museum specimens, the ruby seadragon.  Using a small remotely operated vehicle (miniROV) in deep water at the Recherche Archipelago in Western Austalia, researchers have now obtained the first images of live ruby seadragons, and made observations on the seadragon habitat and behavior, including feeding.  See 2015 report.

A new species of snakehead from northeastern India

A new species of snakehead from northeastern India

Fish, New Species January 9, 2017 at 9:21 am

A new species of Channa from the Poma River (Brahmaputra River basin) in Papum Pare district of Arunachal Pradesh, northeastern India is described.

Newly Discovered Species Named for President Obama (updated 12-26-16)

Newly Discovered Species Named for President Obama (updated 12-26-16)

Celebrity Taxa, Fish, New Species December 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

The species was discovered 300 feet deep, on June 5, 2016, during a research trip to Kure, the world’s northernmost atoll.  The species name and description was published Dec 2016. “It is the one fish known to live only within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, a pristine expanse of coral reefs and seamounts home to millions of seabirds, endangered turtles, endangered monk seals, and more than 7,000 species. So scientists thought it only fitting to name this fish after President Barack Obama, who dramatically expanded Papahānaumokuākea, creating the largest swath of protected land or water on Earth, an area roughly twice the size ofRead More