Scientists Identify Stunning New Tropical Reef Fish That Shimmers Like An Opal

Article Posted by ……..Marie Ag

We heard it first when Ben Frable was SDMA’s guest speaker earlier this year, and now the news is in the mainstream —

Corazon’s Damsel, Pomacentrus vatosoa, a new species of damselfish discovered off northeastern Madagascar. (Credit: Y.K. Tea, doi:10.1643/CI-19-221)

Corazon’s Damsel, Pomacentrus vatosoa, a new species of damselfish discovered off northeastern Madagascar.
(Credit: Y.K. Tea, doi:10.1643/CI-19-221)
 Y.K. TEA, DOI:10.1643/CI-19-221

In 2018, Christmas arrived early for reef enthusiasts and marine fish keepers when it was announced that an unknown fish species had been discovered on northeastern Madagascar. This fish was discovered in relatively shallow waters in a reef near a city, and was mostly white in color — yet had never been seen before. Further, which genus this beautiful fish should be classified into confounded the experts, which added to the buzz of excitement surrounding it.

The species, which is new to science, was described and formally named Corazon’s damsel, Pomacentrus vatosoa, by ichthyologist Benjamin Frable, Collection Manager of Fishes at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Yi-Kai Tea, an expert on coral reef fishes and a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney studying systematic ichthyology, which is the science of classifying and naming new species, and understanding how they fit into the broader context of life.

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