New species of tiny fish found by Caribbean sub

Scientists at the Smithsonian Research Institute in Panamá said that two researchers there have found a new species of small Caribbean fish.

The fish, only about 2 centimeters in length (less than an inch) was captured by accident. The Smithsonian’s Deep Reef Observation Project in Curaçao operates a sub that is used to collect fish down to 300 meters. The new species belongs to the genus Haptoclinus which is commonly known as blennies. The new fish has the common name of  four-fin blenny due to its unusual dorsal fin, said the Smithsonian.

The Latin name is Haptoclinus dropi in honor of the Deep Reef Observation Project. The researchers are Carole Baldwin and D. Ross Robertson, said the Smithsonian.

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