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Scientists Discover a New Psychedelic Fish Species with Brilliant Rainbow Scales

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March 16, 2022

Grace Ebert

All photos © Yi-Kai Tea, courtesy of California Academy of Sciences, shared with permission

Scientists off the coast of the Maldives uncovered a brand new fish species that’s a daring pop of colour compared to its shadowy twilight zone habitat. The aptly named rose-veiled fairy wrasse, or Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa, is a small creature with a brilliant pink head and bodily scales in shades of yellow and blue. Generally discovered between 131 and 229 toes beneath sea stage, the rainbow-hued specimen is a placing discovery and the primary to be formally categorised by a Maldivian researcher.

First encountered in 1990, the species was initially categorized because the grownup model of the same Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis. It wasn’t till scientists from the California Academy of Science’s Hope for Reefs mission studied the peak of the spines in every fin and the variety of scales that they realized that the “multicolor marvel” deserved its personal taxonomy. (through Moss & Fog)




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