A vibrant fish, native only to the Hawaiian islands, has been named after president Obama and will continue to be studied, thanks to his conservationist decissions.
Naming newly discovered species after a famous person is a long practice. Such a habit has targeted both new fauna and flora species. It could come to work in two ways.
It could either be a tribute, or a protection method. The latest such naming process could be both. Just recently, an endangered plant was named after Jimi Hendrix. Now, a vibrant fish will be named after Barack Obama.
The vibrant fish is quite a unique specimen. According to research, it can only be found in one place on Earth. A team of scientists took to studying the species.
The study was led by Richard Pyle. Research results were released earlier this week. They were published in the ZooKeys journal on December 21.
NOAA or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers were involved in the study. As were Association for Marine Exploration and Bishop Museum in Honolulu scientists.
They decided to name the vibrant fish Tosanoides obama. It was discovered during a Hawaiian-based expedition. This targeted the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument reserve.
It is located in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and houses a great variety of species. The new fish species has a vibrant appearance. It is streaked with blue, yellow, and pink. Besides its colorful aspect, the fish has another special property.
T. obama is the only coral-reef fish endemic to the monument. More exactly, the Hawaiian monument is the only place in the world where you could find such a fish.
It was determined that the vibrant fish is a basslet fish. It can reach 2.4-inches and is found amongst coral reefs. These, for their part, are diverse but rarely studied.
The T. obama were found to swim and live at depths of around 300 feet. Randall Kosaki went to offer details. He is the Papahanaumoukuakea NOAA deputy superintendent and study co-author.
Research revealed that deep reefs housing this new species house the highest fish endemism rates. The 100 percent is unique in the world.
The decision to name the fish after president Obama will most likely have the following consequence. It could help further protect the area.
It Hawaiian habitat is one of the last great wilderness areas to be found on Earth. President Obama will be twice linked to the region. Through the newly named fish, and his contribution to protecting the reserve.
Earlier this year, Obama helped expand the area’s protection and preserve outreach. He contributed to the expansion of the natural environment reserve region.
In August, the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument nearly quadrupled its area. It now spans over 582,578 square miles.
As such, it has also become the second largest reserve on the planet and is an ecological sanctuary.
At the time, Obama went to explain his decision. According to him, the area is an open ocean ecosystem. Its “highly pristine deep sea” waters hold great biological and geological resources.
It also holds a unique biodiversity. Obama also stated that the area is of great importance to the Native Hawaiian community. It would constitute a sacred spiritual, cultural, and physical area for them.
The newly named vibrant fish species is not the only one to bear his name. Obama will be leaving behind quite a conservation legacy. He supported the expansions of marine reserves and national monuments, amongst others.
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