Scientists have identified a completely new species of the largest bony fish in the world, the massive sundew, as we have learned from Smithsonian magazine. It is the first new type of sunflower proposed in more than 125 years.
As researchers report in Linnean Society Zoological Journal, genetic differences between newly named sunfish (Mola text) and other sundew brothers confirmed data on 27 different species samples collected over three years. Because sunfish are so massive – the largest can weigh as much as 5,000 pounds – they pose a challenge to conservation and conservation, even for museums with large research collections. Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of Australia’s Murdoch University traveled thousands of miles to find and collect genetic data on sunflowers stranded on beaches. At one point they asked her if she would bring her own crane to pick her up.
Nyegaard also went back through the scientific literature dating back to the 1500s, sorting out descriptions of sea monsters and marmots to determine if any of the documentation sounds like gay observations. “We repeated the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have avoided discovery all this time,” she said in a press release. “Overall, we thought this insolent species had been deceived several times, which is why we called it a ‘robber.'”
Japanese researchers first discovered genetic differences between a previously known sunfish and a new, unknown species 10 years ago, confirming the existence of a completely different type from species such as Mola mola or Mola ramsayi.
Mola text looks a little different from other sunfish, slimmer body. As it grows, it does not develop a protruding snout or bumps that other sunflowers show. However, like others, it can reach a length of 8 feet or more.
Based on the stomach contents of some of the samples studied, the hoodwinker probably feeds on salps, jellyfish-like creatures it probably composes (yes, sunfish have teeth) during deep dives. The species has been found near New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and southern Chile.