Takeaways:

  • A colorful reef fish is the new first new-to-science species that has been discovered by a Maldivian scientist.
  • Ahmed Najeeb from the Maldives Marine Research Institute has called the fish Cirrhilabrus finifenmaa after the local word for “rose” which is not only the colour of the fish but the national flower.
  • “This time it is different and getting to be part of something for the first time has been really exciting, especially having the opportunity to work alongside top ichthyologists [fish biologists] on such an elegant and beautiful species” said Ahmed.

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