New Surgeonfish Pops Up In Market

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New surgeonfish pops up in market
27th September 2017

By Sandra Pearce

A scientist was stunned to find a new species of surgeonfish being sold at a fish market in the Philippines.

Jeff Williams, a fish biologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, spotted the fish being sold for food. It had a prominent white band under its chin and a vibrant orange head marked by wavy lines of iridescent blue.

The fish has been named Acanthurus albimento, says the report in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation.