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Recently discovered Hawaiian fish named after President Obama
A recently discovered new species of Hawaiian coral reef fish has been named after U.S. President Barack Obama, Lead researcher Richard Pyle from the Bishop Museum in Hawaii announced.
The new fish species, now formally named Tosanoides obama, was spotted during an expedition by divers inside the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in June this year. It may be noted here that the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument is a protected marine area that Mr. Obama expanded in August this year.
Scientists praised the president’s decision, saying the expansion added an additional layer of protection to one of the remaining few wilderness areas on the planet.
Mr. Pyle said in a statement, “We decided to name this fish after President Obama to recognise his efforts to protect and preserve the natural environment, including the expansion of Papahanaumokuakea. This expansion adds a layer of protection to one of the last great wilderness areas on Earth.”
In August, Mr. Obama expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument by 1,146,797 square kilometers, bringing the total coverage up to 1,508,870 square kilometers. The expansion made it the world’s largest ecologically protected monument.
The marine area is a unique coral reef habitat for an implausible diversity of corals, fishes and other marine invertebrates. Researchers say several new species are still waiting to be discovered down there.