Scientists have discovered a new species of catshark in the waters of the Galapagos Islands.According to the California Academy of Sciences, the new species, called Bythaelurus giddingsi, is about a foot long and chocolate-brown with irregularly-distributed spots that are unique to each specimen.
The findings were published in the journal Zootaxa on March 5.
The Galapagos Islands, which iie in the Pacific Ocean about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, are often referred to as a “living laboratory” for the study of plants and animals.
Since most species are endemic (found only in the Galapagos), they are particularly vulnerable to human pressures.
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