New Miniature Fish Discovered In Brazil

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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1-newminiatureScientists in Brazil have discovered a new species in the Rio Negro, named Priocharax Nanus. The Rio Negro is the largest blackwater river in the World. It has a very high diversity of species, including a large amount of miniature fish species, such as this new discovery. Dr Britz, One of the scientists who discovered and analyzed the new species, said: ‘This is one of the strangest fish that I’ve seen in my whole career.’ ‘It’s approaching the lower limit of how small a vertebrate can be. You have to fit into that tiny body eyes, muscles, internal organs, and the females have to produce eggs,’ he said. Whats unique about this species is that the pectoral fins are made entirely out of cartilage. This is unusual as it is normally only found in fish larvae, and not fully functioning adult fish. It’s also clear, to help camouflage it from predators. 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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