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9 newly discovered species

By: Shea Gunther on June 1, 2011, 11:24 a.m.
Psychedelic frogfish

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Psychedelic frogfish

The psychedelic frogfish lives in the ocean near Bali and Indonesia and was discovered in 1999. It's a small creature, growing to just 6 inches long, and is unique among fish because of its flat face, which gives it the same depth perception as humans. The fish's skin, which is a swirling pattern of yellow, white and dark orange, is responsible for the first part of its name. The psychedelic frogfish's skin is also as unique to each fish as our fingerprints are to us. It's endemic to Ambon island and spends most of its time in shallow waters close to shore.