UW biologists: New fish species is psychedelica

The Seattle Times
bySandi Doughton

There are 320 known species of anglerfish, and Ted Pietsch can describe each one down to the number of spines on its dorsal fin.

So, when the picture from Indonesia flopped into his e-mail, his pulse started pounding.

“I pretty much freaked out,” the University of Washington fish biologist said.

With its flattened face, undulating stripes and turquoise-rimmed eyes that peer straight ahead, this fish looked like something out of a fever dream — and like nothing Pietsch had ever seen before.

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