Nemo-like fish, other new species, discovered in Asian sea

This video is Uncle Chang’s Band from Malaysia- The Sipadan Song. About Sipadan island in the Celebes Sea.

From AFP:

Finding Nemo’s Cousin: Scientists Spot New Marine Species

Oct. 16, 2007 — A swimming sea cucumber, a Nemo-like orange fish and a worm with tentacles sprouting from its head are among dozens of possible new species found during a survey of the Celebes Sea, researchers said Tuesday.

A team of U.S. and Filipino scientists plunged up to three miles underwater in early October in an area that has been isolated by rising sea levels and may have spawned sea life not found elsewhere.

They collected between 50 and 100 potentially undiscovered species of marine invertebrates and fishes.

These waters are the richest biological regions of the world but have been largely unexplored,” said expedition leader, Larry Madin, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

The survey was conducted by Woods Hole, National Geographic and Filipino scientists at the Coral Triangle — bodies of water bounded by the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia that are known to contain the world’s richest biodiversity in shallow water marine species.

It will take a few more weeks of study of the deepwater sea life samples before they can be declared new species, Madin said during a video presentation of the findings in Manila. …

Of the fish collected, a tiny, angular orange one with a puckered yellow mouth looked like the main character in the animated Hollywood film “Finding Nemo,” Madin said.

The team also collected various types of deepwater jellyfish, predatory eels and single-celled organisms — as well as piles of household garbage.

The area holds promise for more discoveries, Madin said.

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A new species of snake eel, Pisodonophis sangjuensis (Ophichthidae) from Korea: here.

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Scientists have discovered that the giant California sea cucumber (Parastichopus californicus) actually uses its anus as a second mouth: here.

5 thoughts on “Nemo-like fish, other new species, discovered in Asian sea

  1. * 27 October 2007
    * Zeeya Merali
    * Magazine issue 2627

    IT could be the world’s most elaborate marine biology probe – and it was created by particle physicists.

    Spanning 10,000 square metres of the Mediterranean seabed, the Antares telescope is designed to tell us about the cosmos by picking up signs of elusive particles called neutrinos, which fly thousands of light years through space. To physicists’ surprise, however, the underwater particle detector is also providing a unique glimpse of marine life.

    It is now being adapted to distinguish between different marine species and monitor the sea’s health. “The deep ocean is actually less well understood than outer space,” says Antares team member John Carr at the University of the Mediterranean (UM) in Marseille, France.

    When complete, Antares will consist of 12 electrical cables sticking up for 350 metres above the seabed, of which eight are now in place. Each one is loaded with light detectors called photomultiplier tubes, which hang …

    The complete article is 1315 words long.


  2. Busted! Lost Luggage Reveals Endangered Fish

    On April 5, 2009, 47-year-old Chee Thye Chaw flew home to the United States after visiting family members in Malaysia. While Chaw arrived at JFK Airport, his luggage apparently did not.

    When the blue suitcase finally arrived at the airport the next day, a JFK customs official randomly opened the bag. According to reports, 16 live freshwater Bonytongues packed in water insulated in Styrofoam were found inside the suitcase.

    Eight months later, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent dressed as a deliveryman and with suitcase in hand, knocked on Chaw’s Elmhurst apartment on December 22, 2009. After positively identifying the blue suitcase as his, the agent informed Chaw that he would be facing charges under the Endangered Species Act. Some of the 16 fish have since died. Four other live fish were also found in his apartment.

    In 2004, Chaw was fined $850 for smuggling eight of the fish into the US. The endangered fish can sell for thousands of dollars a piece.

    Bonytongue Fish
    Asian bonytongues, Scleropages formosus, are listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Resembling a Chinese mythical dragon, the freshwater fish is often considered good luck in Asian cultures. The fish comes in a variety of colors and can grow up to 35 inches in length. Threats include habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.

    Source – GO Media – Written by Jace Shoemaker-Galloway


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