New catfish and scorpionfish species


This video is called National Geographic Wild Chronicles: Giant Catfish.

From Practical Fishkeeping:

The taxonomy of species of the Central American marine catfish genus Cathorops has been revised and three new species described.

Also from Practical Fishkeeping:

Japanese scientists have described a new species of marine eeltail catfish in the genus Plotosus from southern Japan.

Naming the new catfish Plotosus japonicus, Tetsuo Yoshino and Hirokazu Kishimoto have published the description in a recent supplemental issue of the Bulletin of the National Museum of Nature and Science Series A. Zoology.

From the same magazine:

Brazilian scientists have described a new species of big-headed trichomycterid catfish in the latest issue of the journal Neotropical Ichthyology.

Catfish experts Wolmar Wosiacki and Mário de Pinna name the new species Trichomycterus igobi after a mythological character of the Tupi-Guarani Indian legend about the origin of the Iguaçu waterfalls (where this species is found).

Our fourth item from Practical Fishkeeping:

A new bagrid catfish has been described from the upper Irrawaddy River drainage in northern Myanmar.

The description of the new species, named Batasio procerus by Heok Hee Ng, is published in the latest issue of the journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters.

And, finally, from that magazine:

A new species of the scorpionfish has been described from the Izu Peninsula on the Pacific coast of Japan.

The new species, named Scorpaena brevispina by Japanese scorpionfish experts Hiroyuki Motomura and Hiroshi Senou in the most recent volume of the Journal of Fish Biology, is described based on a single specimen, collected off the east coast of the Izu peninsula, at a depth of 45m, in 1982.

Biologists’ top ten list of cool new animal and plant species: here.

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