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article imageCave-dwelling fish with no eyes discovered

By Owen Weldon     Dec 1, 2012 in Odd News
A cave-dwelling fish with no scales, as well as no eyes, has been discovered on a tiny island located in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam.
According to Yahoo, the new fish is being described as a type of Loach, and it has been given the name Draconectes narinosus, which derives from the Greek words for dragon, swimmer and the Latin word "narinosus," which means who has large nostrils.
The D. narinosus' lack of eyes and scales is common for animals that have evolved in deep limestone caverns, due to the darkness. It is also limited to life in freshwater.
According to NBC, researchers with Fauna & Flora International say that it is amazing that the fish has survived in a habitat that is small, as well as precariously positioned. Van Gio Island is a formation of Ha Long Bay, and it has narrow arms that only have a maximum width of 1,300 feet. Also, the freshwater lake in the cave, where the fish was discovered, was found just 650 feet from the sea.
As of now scientists do not know if there are other analogous species on nearby islands. Researchers did say that there are a number of loaches that are already known from caves in the region and there are more that are awaiting description.
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