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How do you know when you've discovered a new species?
A katria, a new species of cichlid
A katria, a new species of cichlid
 
Melanie Said
Before I go somewhere new, I do my homework. I read up on all the fish that have been recorded there. I look closely at pictures of them, so that when I get there, I know what to look for. As time goes by, I get more experienced in identifying fish. When I see something completely different, I can feel confident that it might be something that hasn't been described yet by any other scientist. I collect samples of that fish and bring them back to New York.