Fish from Ambon-eyed Humans

A fish found in waters off Ambon very strange because it has eyes like a human. Unlike other fish, both eyes facing forward on a flat surface face.

Dorsal fins, tail fins, and fins under the skin covered with soft and thin striped brown and white. Animals the size of the human hand is very flexible slipped between the gully so rarely encountered.

In general, these fish are classified as fish trappers (anglerfish) or fish, frogs (frogfish) who like to stay in one place and fish prey come. However, a strange figure in the literature found no fish anywhere. The fish was first discovered by a dive guide Toby Fadilsyair fifteen years ago. However, until now the process of identification of these fish have not been done because of the difficulty of recording them.

Fortunate, in January 2008 and, diver Mark Snyder of Maluku Divers managed to photograph one of them from close and from different angles. The images are then sent to Professor Theodore Pietsch, a fish expert from the School of Marine and Fishery Sciences University of Washington to be identified.

"As soon as I saw the photo, I knew that he was kind of anglerfish because the fins on the side of his body like legs," Pietsch said. This unique fin serves to assist the fish on the ocean floor crawling than swimming to move to another place. However, unlike most fish trap, he did not have some kind of fishing on its head to attract prey.

A flat face and two eyes facing forward his surprise because they never met during the 40 years studying the characteristics of fish. Most fish have eyes that face the right and left his body. A pair of eyes facing forward to make these fish have the ability to see in binoculars as humans. A pair of eyes that see objects like this is very useful because it can determine the distance of objects in front of it with more precision.

Although the evidence is strong enough, to identify both direct and moefologi DNA tests to determine whether these fish can be included as a separate group. So far scientists have grouped the fish into the 18 trappers family and Pietsch sure this fish into the family 19. To reveal it, Pietsch has received endorsement from the U.S. research institute National Sience Foundation.


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