Fisherman catches a new fish species and sends it away for analysis – but experts are shocked when they discover that Australians have been eating them unconsciously for years
- Fish specialist Jeff Johnson was contacted in 2017 by a bewildered fisherman
- Johnson went to a fish market in Brisbane to buy five of the fish
- After two years of DNA testing, Johnson has proven that it is a new species
A previously undiscovered fish species is found for sale at an Australian fish market.
Jeff Johnson, a fish specialist at the Queensland Museum, was contacted in 2017 by a bewildered fisherman who had caught some sort of grouper – also known as a rock cod – that he had never seen before.
The fisherman had sent the undiscovered species to a fish market in North Lakes, Brisbane.
Jeff Johnson, a fish specialist at the Queensland Museum, was contacted by a bewildered fisherman who caught a sort of grouper – also known as a rock cod (photo) – that he had never seen before
Johnson said he believes the species (photo) has been sold throughout Australia as generic & # 39; rock cod & # 39;
Johnson traveled to North Lakes and bought five of the fish before two years of DNA testing showed that they were an undiscovered species of cod.
& # 39; As soon as I saw them, I thought they were probably a new species, & # 39; said Johnson.
Johnson said he believes the species has been sold throughout Australia as generic & # 39; rock cod & # 39; without being properly identified for at least 15 years.
& # 39; It would have been sold just like rock cod. It's not uncommon for something to happen, & he said.
& # 39; The simple-looking fish, without real distinctive markings, is typical of most other grouper species and probably explains why it has gone unnoticed and without a name for so long.
& # 39; I have been told that they are quite tasty. & # 39;
The fish is called Epinephelus fuscomarginatus and turned out to be native to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Epinephelus fuscomarginatus is one of the 92 species of rock cod found throughout the world.
Johnson traveled to North Lakes and bought five of the fish before two years of DNA testing showed it was an undiscovered kind of rock code
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