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A Sydney-based expert has helped confirm a dazzling new species of fish discovered more than 60 metres beneath the ocean's surface off the coast of Tanzania.
The six centimetre-long fish with deep purple scales has been named Wakanda after the mythical nation from the Marvel comics and Black Panther movie.
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It was spotted by deep-diving scientists from the California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs initiative and confirmed with the help of University of Sydney taxonomy specialist Yi-Kai Tea.
Mr Tea said the fish was found in the 'twilight zone' of dimly lit, deep coral reefs in eastern Zanzibar.
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'When we thought about the secretive and isolated nature of these unexplored African reefs, we knew we had to name this new species after Wakanda,' he said.
A microscope was used to examine the fish's scales, fin rays and spines in order to distinguish it from another seven species in...
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