May The Fish Be With You

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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greedoiThis may be the coolest named new species yet. A paper published last week in the Zoological Taxonomy Journal has identified a new species of Loricariidae (catfish) from the Gurupi River in Brazil. This is a very diverse area within the amazon, home to many different and unusual species. This new species has been named ‘Peckoltia Greedoi’. greedoJonathan W. Armbruster, David C. Werneke, and Milton Ta discovered the species and state the following regarding the new species chosen name, “Named for Greedo of Rodia, a bounty hunter killed by Han Solo in Chalmun’s Spaceport Cantina in the movie “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” (Lucasfilm, Twentieth Century Fox, 1977) with whom this species shares a remarkable resemblance.” 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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