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New species of wrasse

A New Species of Wrasse (Halichoeres new sp.)
from 114-125 meters (374-410 ft.) off Wolf Island, Galápagos.
(Photograph by John McCosker)


Wrasses are a conspicuous component of the coral-reef fish fauna, but this new species was discovered on a sand bottom at about 400 ft. The photograph is of a female, and terminal males of the species have not yet been discovered in Galápagos (although a large male wrasse of apparently the same species has been captured off the Cocos Islands in the eastern Pacific). This new Galápagos wrasse will be named in memory of Bill Raisner, the ultralight pilot who died during the filming of Galapagos (Baldwin & McCosker, in press), but the new scientific name cannot be used in print until the description of the new species is published. Standard length (tip of upper lip to base of tail) is 78.8 mm.



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