the smallest fish in the world

Richard Pyle deepreef at BISHOPMUSEUM.ORG
Thu Jan 26 02:15:37 CST 2006

Gordon Ramel asked:

> Is it true that scientists are averaging about 3 new
> species per month (fish) over the last decade or so.

We've been averaging over ten new species (fish) per *hour* on deep coral
reefs.  If only we had the funding to spend more than a few hours/year down

As for fish in general, I think it's been something like 200/year on
average.  I'll look up the exact numbers when I get to work
tomorrow....err....later today.


Richard L. Pyle, PhD
Ichthyology, Bishop Museum
1525 Bernice St., Honolulu, HI 96817
Ph: (808)848-4115, Fax: (808)847-8252
email: deepreef at

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