New fish found near Komodo

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Photograph Conservation International / Gerald Allen

Late last year a new fish was discovered in the coral reefs around Flores and Komodo National Park (which, incidentally, is where Dunia Baru is based from April to September). The fish is of the flasher wrasse species and has been named Paracheilinus rennyae in recognition of the scientific contributions of ichthyologist Renny Kurnia Hadiaty from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

You might have seen other flasher wrasses before – they’re adored by divers for their electric blue and red colors and patterns, which are displayed during a daily mating ritual. The males are usually brown in color but around an hour before the sun sets, the males erect their fins and swim in short, fast dashes while flashing their vibrant colors – all in an attempt to attract the females.

Edited from original article on CTV News.

 

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