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The World's Smallest Fish

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The Paedocypris progenetica, a member of the carp family, is found in peat swamps in Indonesia and Sumatra. It grows to 7.9 millimeters (0.31 inches). They live in dark, tea-colored water with an acidity of ph 3, at least 100 times more acidic than rainwater.

The fish was first found in 1996 by Maurice Kottelat from Switzerland, but was originally misidentified as a member of an already existing species. In 2006 the fish was recognized as the smallest in the world; beating a species of the Indo-Pacific goby that grows to 8 millimeters.

Source: CNN

Posted:  2006-01-27  1:19:19 PM

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