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Nine potentially new reef species discovered in Bali, Indonesia (with photos)

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 15, 2011 01:00 AM
Scientists with Conservation International (including Gerald R Allen) have discovered nine potentially new reef species comprising of eight fishes and one coral species. The new discoveries include a Pseudochromis, a Garden Eel, Cardinalfishes, Blennies, and a new species of Euphyllia sp. (described as a "Bubble coral," but this genus is known to hobbyists as Torch/Hammer corals).
Nine potentially new reef species discovered in Bali, Indonesia (with photos)

Photos courtesy of Conservation International’s Bali Rapid Assessment Program. Photos by Gerald Allen and Mark Erdmann

The two week survey of 33 reef sites in Bali documented 953 species of reef fish and 397 species of coral.  In addition to the new species they discovered, the team of scientists also reported good news pertaining to overall reef health.  Ketut Sarjana Putra, the acting Executive Director for Conservation International-Indonesia states, "Compared to twelve years ago, we observed an increase in healthy coral reef cover in the area surveyed, indicating a recovery phase. That is why it needs serious protection and management, to complete the revitalization.

The new fish species have not been named yet, but they were in the genera of Siphamia, Heteroconger, Apogon, Parapercis, Meiacanthus, Manonichthys, Grallenia and Pseudochromis.

More photos and information can be found on Conservation International's website.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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