03 Apr '13, 1am

Scientists describe new species of see-through fish from the Amazon

Scientists describe new species of see-through fish from the Amazon mongabay.com April 03, 2013 print Scientists have documented an entirely new genus of fish from a river in the Amazon rainforest. The fish, dubbed Cyanogaster noctivaga or the blue-bellied night wanderer, is described in the journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters . The species may have gone undiscovered in one of the Amazon's most studied tributaries — the Rio Negro — because it is nocturnal, tiny and transparent. With a maximum length of 17 mm, it is one of the smallest known vertebrates, measuring only 7 mm more than the world's tiniest fish. "It is a strange little animal, completely transparent with an otherwise unique color pattern," said study co-author Ralf Britz, an ichthyologist at London's Natural History Museum. Another reason the night-active Cyanogaster noctivaga may have been undet...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0402-new-fish-cyanogaster-n...

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