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Scientists Describe Two New Species of Fish From Area Engulfed by Oil Spill

H intermedius

New research published in theJournal of Fish Biologydescribes two new species of pancake batfishes (Halieutichthys intermedius and H. bispinosus) and re-describes another (H. aculeatus), all of which live in waters either partially or fully encompassed by the recent oil spill. The research, partly the work of American Museum of Natural History scientist John Sparks, shows that although the Gulf of Mexico has been intensively surveyed by scientists and picked over by fishermen, it is still home to fishes that are waiting to be described.

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