Wednesday, January 25, 2006

World's Smallest Fish

The BBC News Website reports that scientists have found what appears to be the smallest species of fish ever recorded. The tiny fish was discovered in the peat swamps of the Indonesian Island of Sumatra. Scholars attribute the ability of the Paedocypris to survive in tiny pools of acidic swamp water to its small size. In times of extreme drought a fish this small only requires what amounts to a droplet of water.

"Food is scarce but the Paedocypris - smaller than other fish by a few tenths of a millimeter - can sustain their small bodies grazing on plankton near the bottom of the water. "

I bet some guys I know are thinking up a new size 52 plankton fly even as we speak.

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