The blue bastard fish, long rumoured to exist among Australian fisherman, has formally been identified as a new species.

Queensland Museum ichthyologist Jeff Johnson named the fish plectorhinchus caeruleonothus — the Latin translation of blue bastard. “Caeruleo is blue and nothus is bastard,” Johnson told Mashable Australia.

North Australian locals and fly fisherman had given the creature the colloquial name because of its hue and the difficulty of catching it, but many thought it was simply a painted sweetlips fish and not something new. “The water is relatively murky [up there] with quite a few crocodiles,” Johnson said. “That’s one of the reasons why it hasn’t been noticed in the past.” Read more…

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