Large-headed, bottom-feeding fish in Idaho, Mont. rivers a new species

01/30/2014 | Reuters

A small fish with a big head found in Idaho and Montana rivers has been identified as a new species of freshwater sculpin, according to a report in Zootaxa. Dubbed the cedar sculpin, the new species belongs to a class of bottom-feeding fish known to have unusually large heads and shoulders in proportion to the rest of their bodies. Biologist Michael Young, who co-authored the description of the find, said, "The discovery of a new fish is something I never thought would happen in my career because it's very rare in the United States."

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