Scientists use 3-D scans to ID duckbilled fish species 40 years after it was cau
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AUSTRALIAWednesday, April 19, 2017After spending 40 years sitting in a museum jar, a toothy fish from the waters


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

After spending 40 years sitting in a museum jar, a toothy fish from the waters off Australia has been identified as a previously unknown species dubbed the duckbilled clingfish.

To document the species’ characteristics, researchers turned to technologies that weren’t widely available when the fish was caught in 1977: digitized X-ray scans and 3-D printing.

The fish tale was laid out last week in the journal Copeia.

It all began when Texas A&M fish taxonomist Kevin Conway and Glenn Moore, curator of fishes at the Western Australian Museum in Welshpool, were looking for interesting specimens in the museum’s collection.

There are more than 160 known species of clingfish, which are named for a disk on their bellies that they can use to cling onto wet, slimy surfaces. One of the finger-sized fish, preserved in a jar, caught the researchers’ attention because of its broad, duckbill-type snout and its rows of tiny conical teeth.

Source: Geek Wire

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