World Wednesday: Aphrodite fish species discovered off Brazilian coast

Isabella Kanzius , Deputy News Editor

Aphrodite, in Greek mythology, enchanted the gods with beauty and love. Scientists recently discovered a new species of fish that they named after the Greek goddess.

These new species are beautiful and neon looking. Aphrodite fish have neon pink and yellow stripes on them.

They were found in the Brazilian archipelago of St. Paul’s’ Rocks, in the twilight zone. The twilight zone lies 300-3000ft under the sunlight zone.

“This is one of the most beautiful fishes I’ve ever seen,” said Dr. Luiz Rocha, the Academy’s Curator of Fishes and co-leader of the Hope for Reefs initiative. (

“It was so enchanting it made us ignore everything around it,” he said.

The scientists are still exploring the unfamiliar depths for other species. The Hope for Reefs initiative is the group that goes in themselves to explore. They go in with high tech equipment to see the fish, considering the color red does not reach the twilight zone.

Click here to see a picture of the fish.

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