Rare ruby seadragon found to be new species

February 19, 2015 10:53 PM

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Rare ruby seadragon found to be new species

Recently, while analyzing tissue samples taken from seadragon specimens collected in southern Australia in 2007, scientists noticed something askew. Researchers with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, identified a genetic anomaly.

When they looked at the seadragon whose DNA sequence didn't quite match up with the rest, they saw the fish's genetic uniqueness was matched by its distinctive red pigmentation.

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