1 Tahrcountry Musings: World’s Smallest Fish

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

World’s Smallest Fish

Maurice Kottelat and Tan Heok Hui, who are researchers at the Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research at the National University of Singapore, have discovered the world's tiniest fish. The fish lives in peat wetlands on the Indonesian Island of Sumatra and in the Malaysian part of Borneo.When fully grown, it is the size of a large mosquito. The fish distant cousin of the carp has been given the name Paedocypris progenetica. The previous record holder was a marine fish of the Western Pacific called the dwarf goby (Trimmatom nanus), which comes in at 8mm at sexual maturity. The habitat of this fish is disappearing very fast, and the fate of the species hangs in balance.


Bonney James said...

World's smallest fish. That too in an unexplored area.We must have lost quite a lot of wildlife in our inexorable rush for "Prgress". In Indonesia and Malysia lot of forests is being hacked down. The buyers from developing countries are equally responsible for this outrage.

JLB said...

It is truly sad to witness so much rapid habitat destruction; nonetheless a welcome respite to hear of yet another new "discovery" of wildlife. There are so many unknown creatures remaining in our world! Let us all pray for the wisdom to hold on to it!

tahrman said...

Yes jlb we can only pray. As Bonney said in the mad rush for "Progress" scant respect is paid to the denizens of the wild.