Purple fairy wrasse named Wakanda discovered on reef in twilight zone

Africa has new purple-clad warriors more than 200 feet beneath the ocean's surface. Deep-diving scientists from the California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs initiative and the University of Sydney spotted dazzling fairy wrasses—previously unknown to science—in the dimly lit mesophotic coral reefs of eastern Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania. The multicolored wrasses sport deep purple scales so pigmented, they even retain their color (which is typically lost) when preserved for research. The scientists name this "twilight zone" reef-dweller Cirrhilabrus wakanda (common name "Vibranium Fairy Wrasse") in honor of the mythical nation of Wakanda from the Marvel Entertainment comics and movie Black Panther. The new fish is described today in ZooKeys.

Wakanda forever! Scientists describe new species of 'twilight zone' fish from Africa

Africa has new purple-clad warriors more than 200 feet beneath the ocean's surface. Deep-diving scientists from the California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs initiative and the University ...

Thu 11 Jul 19 from Phys.org

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Newly-Discovered 'Vibranium' Fish Named in Honor of Wakanda

While SCUBA diving off the coast of Zanzibar, marine biologist Luiz Rocha saw a fish he had never seen before. He sent a photograph to his collaborator Yi-Kai Tea, currently a Ph.D. candidate ...

Fri 12 Jul 19 from Gizmodo

A fish called Wakanda: Colorful new species named after Black Panther's high-tech society

The dazzling species was spotted by deep-diving scientists from the California Academy of Sciences' Hope for Reefs initiative and confirmed with help of a University of Sydney taxonomist.

Thu 11 Jul 19 from Daily Mail

Wet 'n wild Wakanda: Stunning fish named for Black Panther nation - CNET

You'll find them in a hidden African kingdom all cloaked in purple. Sound familiar?

Thu 11 Jul 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

Scientists name Zanzibar reef fish after Black Panther's homeland

Scientists have discovered a new species of reef fish swimming 200 feet beneath the ocean surface, just off the coast Tanzania.

Thu 11 Jul 19 from UPI

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