Maldives: new species of rainbow fish discovered



by LORENZO CIOTTI

Maldives: new species of rainbow fish discovered

A new species of rainbow fish has been discovered in the Maldives, a magnificent specimen with astonishing colors. Scientist Ahmed Najeed in a study published in the journal Zookeys describes this new species of fish sighted in the twilight zone of the ocean, near the Maldives: "It has always been foreign scientists who have described species found in the Maldives without much involvement on the part of of local scientists, even those endemic to the Maldives.

This time it's different and being part of something for the first time was really exciting, especially having the opportunity to work alongside the best ichthyologists on such an elegant and beautiful species." Pink-veiled fairy wrasse, Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa, is a bony fish belonging to the wrasse family that lives in the ravines of coral reefs, between 40 and 70 meters deep.

The new species was first sighted in the 1990s, but until now it was believed to be the adult of another species already known to scientists, Cirrhilabrus rubrisquamis. However, morphological and genetic studies have determined that they are two completely distinct species.

Singapore: endangered shark meat in dog and cat food

Traces of endangered shark DNA have been found in pet food sold in Singapore, and referenced to several brands.

This is the result of research conducted at Yale NUS College in Singapore and published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science. The research team analyzed 45 pet food products from 16 brands purchased in Singapore. For each sample, DNA was analyzed to understand which meat was really inside them.

Out of 144 sequenced samples, 45 contained blue shark, silk shark, and white tip shark DNA. Research authors said, "None of the products specifically listed shark as an ingredient, listing only generic terms, such as ocean fish, white fish, and white bait.

The vague terminology used to describe pet food ingredients and, in some Incorrect content labeling prevents consumers, in this case pet owners, from making informed and environmentally friendly decisions. As a result, pet owners and animal lovers may unknowingly contribute to fishing excessive use of endangered sharks.

Shark populations have declined by more than 70% in the past 50 years, mostly due to fishing, three-quarters of all ocean shark species are at risk of extinction. These declines were largely attributed to increased fishing efforts.

Despite increased public awareness of shark conservation, three-quarters of all ocean shark species are currently considered endangered."