‘Alien Catfish’ Mystifies Scientists

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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There is so much more to discover in our aquatic world. New species are being discovered much more often than you realize. For example, the Kryptoglanis Shajii, a tiny catfish that lives underground, was just categorized as a new species by scientists in 2011.bony 2 It is a rare fish that is only seen very infrequently, in the Western Ghat mountain range in India. The bones in this bony catfish, which give the catfish a compresses front end and jutting jaw, are so unique that they are not seen in any other fish. Scientists can not categorize it into the family tree of catfish. John Lundberg, PHD, a leading authority on catfish, led the study which is published in the 2014 issue of the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of PhiladelphiaMORE

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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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