Thursday, March 3, 2011

There's a new species in town


Yesterday the Eastern Cougar was declared extinct but today the media is talking about a new species. Some come, some go it seems.
The new species is a jaguar-like catfish which swims in the Amazon River, Brazil, baptized as Ix,which in the maya language means jaguar. It was found in the world’s largest block of protected rainforest, in the nortehrn state of P├íra.
This fish is small, translucent and is only a couple of centimeters long and its discovery enhances the need to protect one of the world's most endangered forests, as there is still a lot to be learned from this incredible corner of the world.

Stenolicnus ix

Further reading:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/jaguar-catfish-stenolicnus-ix_n_830196.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/portuguese/planeta_clima/2011/03/expedicao_na_amazonia_revela_p.shtml

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