23 May '11, 4pm

Photos: the top ten new species discovered in 2010

Photos: the top ten new species discovered in 2010

Few species have such memorable names as the Louisiana pancake batfish (Halieutichthys intermedius) discovered in the Gulf of Mexico. This new species of fish may be in trouble, as its habitat range may not extend beyond the area impacted by the BP oil spill last year. But what's with the name? Well, its flat like a pancake and researchers say when it moves on the sea floor it resembles a 'walking bat' with its odd arm-like fins bouncing it across the abyss. The fish proves there is much we still don't know about the Gulf of Mexico, even as it struggles against human impacts such as farming run-off, overfishing, and of course oil drilling. Photo by: Prosanta Chakrabarty (Louisiana State University, USA).

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2011/0523-hance_top10.html

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