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New fish, coral species found

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 13 2011   /  08:00 am

A team of scientists has discovered new species of reef fish and coral during a survey conducted from April 29 to May 11 in waters off of Bali Island, Conservation International Indonesia said Thursday.

The group of scientists, which included top international experts on reef fish and coral, conducted the survey in 33 sites throughout Bali. The sites were designated as marine areas that required protection due to their great biodiversity.

After 350 hours of diving, the scientists had identified a total of 952 species of reef fish, eight of which were new discoveries, said Mark Van Nydeck Erdmann, a reef fish expert and marine senior advisor with the Conservation International Indonesia.

“Eight of the 952 species have never been found anywhere else in the world,” Erdmann said.

“Actually, it is not difficult to identify that they are new species. We recogn...