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New species of fish found off Maldives coast

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A stunning new rainbow-coloured fish has been discovered living in the 'twilight zone' off the coast of the Maldives. The rose-veiled fairy wrasse (pictured) is new to science.

US: A mesmerizing new species of fish has been found off the coast of the Maldives. The multicolored new-to-science Rose-Veiled Fairy Wrasse (Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa), is also one of the first species to have its name derived from the local Dhivehi language, ‘finifenmaa’ meaning ‘rose’, a nod to both its pink hues and the island nation’s national flower.

The fish lives in the ‘twilight zone’ reefs—the virtually unexplored coral ecosystems found between 50- to 150-meters (160- to 500-feet) beneath the ocean’s surface—where the scientists found new records of C. finifenmaa along with at least eight potentially new-to-science species yet to be described, disclosed a statement put up online by California Academy of Sciences.

Scientists from the California Academy of Sciences, the University of Sydney, the Maldives Marine Research Institute (MMRI), and the Field Museum had collaborated on the discovery as part of the Academy’s Hope for Reefs initiative aimed at better understanding and protecting coral reefs around the world.

First collected by researchers in the 1990s, C. finifenmaa was originally thought to be the adult version of a different species, Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis, which had been described based on a single juvenile specimen from the Chagos Archipelago, an island chain 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) south of the Maldives.

In this new study, however, the researchers took a more detailed look at both adults and juveniles of the multicolored marvel, measuring and counting various features, such as the color of adult males, the height of each spine supporting the fin on the fish’s back, and the number of scales found on various body regions. – THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

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