Fish

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

Two new species of Caribbean deepwater fishes described.

Two new species of Caribbean deepwater fishes described.

Fish, New Species December 12, 2016 at 9:05 am

Exploratory manned submersible studies by the Smithsonian’s Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) has identified a new species of banded basslet, and revealed a cryptic species.  

A new lanternshark, from the SW Indian Ocean.

A new lanternshark, from the SW Indian Ocean.

Fish, New Species November 20, 2016 at 8:27 am

A new species of lanternshark, Etmopterus alphus, is described from the south-western Indian Ocean.  See also the recently described ninja lanternshark.                        

A new spined loach from China

A new spined loach from China

Fish, New Species November 13, 2016 at 10:29 am

A new spined loach, Cobitis gracilis sp. nov., is described based on specimens collected from Jilin and Heilongjiang Provinces, China.

A new plecostomus from the Xingu Basin, Brazil

A new plecostomus from the Xingu Basin, Brazil

Fish, New Species November 13, 2016 at 10:11 am

The description of the species brings the formal total of described Panaqolus species to 12, with at least a couple dozen more awaiting evaluation.  

A new deepwater legskate

A new deepwater legskate

Fish, New Species November 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

A small legskate found 1400m deep on Broken Ridge, in the southeastern Indian Ocean.

Two new species of Wrasses

Two new species of Wrasses

Fish, New Species November 10, 2016 at 12:04 pm

The new species are from the Indian Ocean, C. rubeus from Sri Lanka and the Maldives, and C. africanus the east African coast.  

A subterranean blind loach found in Iraqi Kurdistan

A subterranean blind loach found in Iraqi Kurdistan

Fish, New Species November 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Video shows the fish, amazingly, in daylight in a creek, washed up and out from underground.