Zooillogix

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A completely new family of fishes may have been discovered in the coral beds of Indonesia. Dive company owners, Buck and Fitrie Randolph of Maluku Divers spotted the fish in January but waited to photograph additional specimens before contacting the experts. Interviewed by Seattle PI, University of Washington ichthyologist Ted Pietsch, who specializes in anglerfish, said it was unlike anything he had ever seen, sputtering “I’m still thrilled. It’s an incredible thing. It’s remarkable.”

The pink-and-tan striped frogfish cannot be identified by any fish experts so far. While Pietsch is relatively sure it is a type of frogfish, given the sheath on the eggs and arm-like fins, there are some strong differentiators: It lacks a lure, has tiny pelvic fins and, most bizarrely, has a flat face with forward facing eyes. Typically a fish’s eyes are on opposite sides of their head rather than side by side like human eyes. This means it is possible that this fish has binocular vision for improved depth perception and/or the fish has x-ray vision that allows it to look through female human bathing suits – an evolutionary adaptation Kevin Z of Deep Sea News has been working on in the lab for years.

The DNA is currently being analyzed by graduate student slaves. If actually a new species, Pietsch intends to name it Thefourinchfishus Thatgavemylifemeaningus.

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Comments

  1. #1 jr
    April 3, 2008

    Mom?

  2. #2 ym
    April 3, 2008

    yowza

  3. #3 y
    April 3, 2008

    Whoa. Cool!

  4. #4 Dave Hone
    April 3, 2008

    That fish is totally FUBAR. Completely ace though, wow.

  5. #5 David Harmon
    April 3, 2008

    Now that’s an interesting defensive strategy… look so bizarre that potential predators get crossed eyes and a headache! ;-)

  6. #6 Marcello
    April 4, 2008

    uhmmm… why post an april’s fool on 03/04?

    M

  7. #7 bact'
    April 4, 2008

    cool name!

  8. #8 kevin z
    April 4, 2008

    Dammit! after all those years slaving away in the lab, I’m beaten by a weird frogfish?? Damn it all to hell and back again!

  9. #9 Hank Roberts
    April 5, 2008

    The original story (link to Seattle PI) is clearer, not tweaked by putting in funny fabrications, and overall less goofy-sounding, and links to the photographer’s (warning, completely flash-based website) page: http://www.starknakedfish.com with more images.

    You wanta see _really_ scary, the first image that shows up when you go to the latter site will suffice.

  10. #10 William Thomas
    April 5, 2008

    i love the new species

  11. #11 Eloheim
    April 6, 2008

    So this isn’t an april fool’s joke?

  12. #12 Raging Wombat
    April 7, 2008

    You beat me to the punch on this one, Bleiman.

  13. #13 Kanser
    April 8, 2008

    Cool!Completely ace though, wow.

  14. #14 Benny
    April 8, 2008

    Hank- Nice comment to my bro! Venemous…I like it. I’ve always said that not only is Andrew’s writing “goofy sounding,” but so is his face. Also, I hate reading posts filled with “funny fabrications.” When will Andrew learn that Zooillogix would be much more popular if he didn’t try to be so hilarious all the time? It’s exhausting, really. Good thing I have loyal allies like you to help me eventually murder my brother and bury his body somewhere in the desert outside of Reno. I know I can count on you. Hey, I know! Let’s meet at a coffee shop in Berkeley to discuss. I was thinking that we could slip him a bunch of sleeping pills and then put a plastic bag over his head while he’s sleeping, but I’m open to suggestions. We’re in this together, Hank. Hank and Benny 4eva….4EVA!!!!!

  15. #15 themadlolscientist
    May 29, 2008

    Tastes like chicken?

    It looks so sad with its mouth closed!

  16. #16 Smileygirl:D
    June 20, 2008

    OMG, thats now 1 of my fav fish. How kool is that!!;)

  17. #17 selin
    December 15, 2008

    woooww….!(:
    it is really adapted to life. when i looked at the picture first, i couldn’t see it :D

    Can you tell me what the name of this fish is?
    :)

  18. #18 Lexi
    February 28, 2009

    Why don’t you tell the fishes name???? Besides that the fish looks relly COOL and the fish dose look good to eat!!!! mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. #19 michael anthony garza
    March 8, 2009

    name the fish Aprils fools

  20. #20 cet
    March 18, 2009

    thanx haci sizi seviyorum :)

  21. #21 Polaris Kyo
    March 21, 2009

    Awesome discovery!! O_o

  22. #22 Polaris Kyo
    March 21, 2009

    The name of this fish is “Histiophryne Psychedelica” – Very fitting! O_o

  23. #23 genna
    April 24, 2009

    i love animals and things tat are weird tat fish is kinda cutey crazed

  24. #24 sam
    July 6, 2009

    Hai, i am from Indonesia. You should see fish from Sulawesi Island. Many strange and beautiful fish there.

  25. #25 LiderPaylasim
    September 29, 2009

    Hmm ı like that.Thnx…

  26. #26 SOHBET
    October 31, 2009

    Saol Kanka merciDes

  27. #27 FrmClub
    November 6, 2009

    thank you..

  28. #28 GrupMezar
    November 17, 2009

    Mersi CanLar ::)

  29. #29 BEE
    January 4, 2010

    Its lyk an axotl but larger!

  30. #30 araç sorgulama
    January 8, 2010

    Hank- Nice comment to my bro! Venemous…I like it. I’ve always said that not only is Andrew’s writing “goofy sounding,” but so is his face. Also, I hate reading posts filled with “funny fabrications.” When will Andrew learn that Zooillogix would be much more popular if he didn’t try to be so hilarious all the time? It’s exhausting, really. Good thing I have loyal allies like you to help me eventually murder my brother and bury his body somewhere in the desert outside of Reno. I know I can count on you. Hey, I know! Let’s meet at a coffee shop in Berkeley to discuss. I was thinking that we could slip him a bunch of sleeping pills and then put a plastic bag over his head while he’s sleeping, but I’m open to suggestions. We’re in this together, Hank. Hank and Benny 4eva….4EVA!!!!!

  31. #31 sravan
    December 29, 2010

    m frm indonasia we had more verities of fishes over here

  32. #32 escort bayan
    December 31, 2010

    herşeyi sana yazdım herşeyi seni sevdiğim için yaptım

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