A fish called Wakanda: colorful new species discovered in the & # 39; twilight zone & # 39; from the ocean off the coast of Tanzania named after the fictional secret society of Black Panther
- Fish was found in & # 39; twilight zone & # 39; of poorly lit, deep coral reefs in eastern Zanzibar
- Researchers say that species give a name after pop-culture bridges have a gap with the public
- The fish measures only 6 centimeters long and has clear purple and blue scales
An Sydney-based expert has helped discover a dazzling new species of fish that has been discovered more than 60 meters below the surface of the ocean off the coast of Tanzania.
The six-centimeter-long fish with deep purple scales is named Wakanda after the mythical nation from the Marvel strips and the Black Panther film.
It was spotted by deep diving scientists from the California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs initiative and confirmed with the help of Yi-Kai Tea taxonomy specialist.
An expert based in Sydney helped discover a dazzling new species of fish that was discovered more than 60 meters below the surface of the ocean off the coast of Tanzania
Mr. Tea said the fish was found in the & # 39; twilight zone & # 39; of poorly lit, deep coral reefs in eastern Zanzibar.
& # 39; When we thought of the mysterious and isolated nature of these unexplored African reefs, we knew we had to name this new species after Wakanda, & # 39; he said.
A microscope was used to examine the scales, fin rays and spines of the fish to distinguish it from seven other species in the group, and from family members in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
Mr. Tea said the different species around the two oceans & # 39; like a jigsaw puzzle & # 39; to fit.
& # 39; We suspected that another member of this species existed along the East African coast, but no one could have confirmed this because of his preference for deep reefs, & he said.
The fish was found in the & # 39; twilight zone & # 39; of poorly lit, deep coral reefs in eastern Zanzibar. & # 39; When we thought of the mysterious and isolated nature of these unexplored African reefs, we knew we had to name this new species after Wakanda (photo), & # 39; said the investigator.
& # 39; When I first saw a picture of this amazing purple fish, I immediately knew that we had found the missing piece of this exciting puzzle. & # 39;
The small fish is called Wakanda
He said that the decision to give the species a popular cultural reference has helped bridge the gap between the scientific community and the general public.
& # 39; Although research is important, it is just as important to convey it to people with more general interests, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; This becomes especially important because taxonomy is often seen as & # 39; dry & boring science, but it has huge implications for biodiversity and conservation. & # 39;
WHAT IS THE DUSK ZONE?
The middle zone of the Earth's oceans is known as the & # 39; twilight zone & # 39; and only receives weak, filtered sunlight during the day.
Also known as the mesopelagic zone, usually between 660 and 3300 feet (200 to 1000 meters) below the surface.
Because seawater absorbs sunlight, the region has too little light for photosynthesis to take place, so no plants live in the zone.
Animals in the region are adapted to live in near-darkness, cold water and high pressure.
Many of the animals in this zone have large eyes, allowing them to see at dark and dark depths.
Most are small, dark and thin to camouflage them, and many have large teeth and jaws.
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