February 25, 2009

Is Psychedelica on tour with The Grateful Dead?

Posted by: Karin Hoffman

Based on the name you might think so, but "Psychedelica" is the new species of fish recently described by our very own curator of fish, Ted Pietsch and UW master’s student Rachel Arnold. The movement of Psychedelica may resemble someone at a Dead show, carefree and uninhibited: they more often hop than swim through the ocean, bouncing off the seafloor with their leg-like fins. Like the tail fins of humpback whales, the stripes of individual fish are distinctive and, according to co-author David Hall, their bright colors are thought to mimic their surrounding environment of corals.

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