57 New Fish Species Found in Greenland’s Waters
23.04.2010 - Flora & Fauna, Arctic
Fifty-seven new species of fish have been added to a checklist of fish species living off the coast of Greenland, thanks to a new study conducted by Peter Rask Møller and colleagues from the Zoological Museum at the University of Copenhagen along with researchers from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources and DTU Aqua in Denmark.
The last survey conducted in 1992 included 269 fish species. Ten of the newly discovered species were entirely new to science, and 29 were added based on taxonomic revisions since the 1992 survey. Five of the species added to the checklist are Arctic species (caught mostly north of the Davis and Denmark Straits). Five other species are from more shallow waters further south, and their arrival in the region is believed to be due to rising temperatures.