Fish With “Hands” Found to Be New Species

Photo: Karen Gowlett-Holmes

Photo: Karen Gowlett-Holmes

Carolyn Barry writes in National Geographic:

Using its fins to walk, rather than swim, along the ocean floor in an undated picture, the pink handfish is one of nine newly named species described in a recent scientific review of the handfish family.

Only four specimens of the elusive four-inch (ten-centimeter) pink handfish have ever been found, and all of those were collected from areas around the city of Hobart, on the Australian island of Tasmania.

Though no one has spotted a living pink handfish since 1999, it’s taken till now for scientists to formally identify it as a unique species.

The new-species determinations were made based on a number of factors, including number of vertebrae and fin rays, coloration, the presence of scales and spines, and proportional body measurements, according to review author Daniel Gledhill of Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, or CSIRO.

Read More: National Geographic

10 Comments on "Fish With “Hands” Found to Be New Species"

  1. solarsistar | Jun 2, 2010 at 3:13 am |

    hmmm? isnt that just a devolved Bush Family member???

  2. Namelesswon | Jun 2, 2010 at 8:01 am |

    dudes. Children have been eating Birdseye Fish Fingers for years. I like mine fried not ovened cooked. Where did you think they got them, huh? Chemicaly processed reconstituted breaded by-product from a factory in the Phillipnes?Puurrlease Disinfo, so behind the times again, you really “need” to keep “up todate” and check your “facts”.

  3. Cerebralcaustic | Jun 2, 2010 at 8:16 am |

    Reminds me of that Onion story about how dolphins have developed thumbs.

    “Oh Christ, us monkeys are in the soup…”

  4. PINK HANDFISH! I like the name.

    The article seems to imply that other types of handfish have been known for a while; 9 new species out of 14 types of handfish. (But I hadn't heard of them.)

  5. justagirl | Jun 2, 2010 at 11:21 am |

    that guy has been hanging out at the salty spitoon, kicking anyone's butt who calls him pink. that's why he's so hard to find.

  6. Vastarien | Jun 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm |

    IAA! IA! Cthulhu F'tagn!
    Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn”

  7. DeepCough | Jun 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm |

    Ha! Evolution in action. Take that, stupid Flanders.

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