Life as We Know It
Dinosaur gangs, psychedelic fish and long-distance elephant calls
- By Amanda Bensen, Joseph Caputo, T.A. Frail, Megan Gambino and Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian magazine, May 2009
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Found: A new species of "hopping" fish off the coast of Indonesia. Named Histiophryne psychedelica for its trippy appearance, the three-inch-long fish has baggy skin and zebra-like stripes radiating from its forward-facing eyes. But what makes it unique is the way it moves, say University of Washington researchers. The fish hops along the bottom of the sea on leg-like fins, jet-propelling itself forward by flushing water through little gill openings on its sides.