A new rainbow-coloured fish has been discovered in the Maldives

Discoveries of new species in the Maldives have always been by foreign scientists, until now. Image: Unsplash/Rayyu Maldives

Liz Kimbrough

Journalist, Mongabay


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Ahmed Najeeb is the first Maldivian scientist to name and describe a new fish species found in local waters. Image: Mongabay/Claudia Rocha © California Academy of Sciences
The species' name ‘finifenmaa’ means ‘rose’ in the local Dhivehi language, a nod to both its pink hues and the Maldives’ national flower. Image: Mongabay/Yi-Kai Tea © California Academy of Sciences

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Maldives Marine Research Institute biologist Ahmed Najeeb (left) and Academy curator of ichthyology Luiz Rocha with fish specimens caught in the Maldives. Image: Mongabay/Claudia Rocha © California Academy of Sciences
The Maldives coral reef ecosystem is home to a large amount of biodiversity. Image: Mongabay/Simon Hilbourne via Ocean Image Bank.

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