Beautiful New Liopropoma Species Discovered

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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golden-bassA gorgeous  new Liopropoma  species has recently been discovered in the Caribbean. The new species, Liopropoma santi now dubbed the  “Spot-tail Golden Bass” has a striking mostly yellow-gold body and shares many physical similarities to other recently discovered deep water “Golden Bass”.  In fact, scientists originally thought the fish was the Liopropoma olneyi due to their nearly identical morphology and not a new species at all.   Liopropoma santi  was only identified as a unique species after extensive DNA analysis. “This under explored zone between 60 and 300 m in the tropical southern Caribbean is revealing extraordinary biodiversity, including a wealth of new species of beautifully colored fishes. It’s a zone that science has largely missed because it’s too deep to access using scuba gear, and deep-diving submersibles rarely stop at such shallow depths.” said C. Baldwin, one of the researchers begin the discovery. Over the past few years deep water Caribbean Bass like Liopropoma aberrans , have become the must have rare fish for high hard core aquarium enthusiasts. With some specimens commanding prices of  $9,000 or more. As such, it is probably just a matter of time until a Spot-tail Golden Bass ends up in a high-end rare fish buff’s reef tank. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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