Eight new reef fish found off BaliThis handout picture released on May 13, 2011 by Conservation International Indonesia and taken on May 9, 2011 off the resort island of Bali shows a new species of fish named 'Manonichthys'. Scientists from Conservation International have discovered eight new fish and one new coral species off Indonesia's Bali island. Indonesia is a massive archipelago of 17,000 island which are home to rich marine biodiversity. -- PHOTO: AFP
DENPASAR - SCIENTISTS from Conservation International have discovered eight new fish and one new coral species off Indonesia's Bali island.
The new species include eels and damsels, the colourful little fish that dart among coral branches and help give reefs their dazzling appearance while playing a key role in reef ecology.
'We have carried out a marine survey in 33 sites around Bali island. We have identified 952 reef fish, and among them we discovered eight new species,' team senior adviser Mark Van Nydeck Erdmann said.
The surveys were carried out off the popular tourist island's north-east coast at Tulamben, a well-known recreational dive site, as well as Nusa Dua, Gili Manuk and Pemuteran, at depths of 10 to 70m.
Mr Erdmann said the new fish species had not been named but they were in the genuses of Siphamia, Heteroconger, Apogon, Parapercis, Meiacanthus, Manonichthys, Grallenia and Pseudochromis.
In their two-week marine survey which ended on Wednesday, the team also found a new species of Euphyllia or bubble coral. -- AFPhttp://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/TechandScience/Story/STIStory_668218.html