Why the death of a small, punk-like fish rocked the marine world

October 22nd, 2020

theguardian.com, Other, 21/10/2020, Zoe Kean
In 1802, when French naturalist Franois Pron slipped a small, chunky Australian fish into a jar of preservative, little did he suspect that his unassuming prize would be the only member of its species ever known to science. […] They look like grumpy ageing punks, each sporting a dorsal fin over its head like a mohawk, bulging eyes and a cantankerous expression.The smooth handfish, which was declared extinct earlier this year but undoubtedly died out long before that.Photograph: CSIRO As a family, they have a lot to be grumpy about.

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