Researchers Discover new Electric Fish in South America

Researchers Discover new Electric Fish in South America

An undocumented genus of electric fish has been discovered by a team of researchers in the shallow waters of South America's upper Mazaruni River. The international team collected tissue samples that led to identification of the Akawaio penak. The study was conducted at a remote part of Guyana, South America, reported University of Toronto News.

There are numerous rivers present at the location. Most of its part was unexplored for 30 million years. A large amount of biological discoveries in the region have been a result of this isolation.

Nathan Lovejoy is a professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a member of the research team. He said, "The fact this area is so remote and has been isolated for such a long time means you are quite likely to find new species".

Researchers were able to identify the new genus of electric fish after performing DNA sequencing on samples from the fish. After completion of the analysis, the researchers were able to figure out that the fish was a unique creature, called a new genus of electric fish. It is taxonomic classification level that is below a family but above a species.

According to UTSC, the Akawaio penak has a long organ running long the base of the body capable of producing an electric field.

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