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New Species of Flasher Wrasse Discovered



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Indonesian scientists working together with the University of California have announced the discovery of a new species of fish in East Nusa Tenggara—Paracheilinus rennyae, named in honor of ichthyologist Renny Hadiaty of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

The description of the species—a flasher wrasse—was published in the year-end edition of Aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology (aqua-aquapress.com).

Although it is the 17th known species of flasher wrasse, Tiene Gunawan, marine program director at Conservation International Indonesia, said that the fish is unique in both its colors and the rounded shape of its dorsal and anal fins and tail.

Flasher wrasses are popular among divers and underwater photographers because of their neon color patterns displayed as part of a daily mating ritual about one hour before sundown. Wrasses are brownish in hue the remainder of the day.

Source: The Embassy of Indonesia

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