Scientists Discover New Genus of Electric Fish in Remote South America

September 25, 2013 11:30 PM

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Scientists Discover New Genus of Electric Fish in Remote South America

In a remote region of South America lives an electric fish--one that before now has been unknown to scientists. This new fish isn't just a new species, though; it's so unique that it's a new genus.

The fish is known as the Akawaio penak, a thin, eel-like electric fish. It was first discovered in the shallow, murky waters of the upper Mazaruni River in northern Guyana. Like other electric knifefish, the Akawaio penak has a long organ running along the base of the body that produces an electric ...

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