Washington: Scientists have named a small maroon and gold fish species after US President Barack Obama. The fish was discovered 300 feet deep in the waters off Kure Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.
The fish, of the genus Tosanoides, was named in honour of Obama for his commitment to protecting nature through the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, researchers said.
The fish was discovered in June this year during a research trip to Kure, the world’s northernmost atoll. Atolls are ring-shaped reefs, island, or chain of islands formed of corals.
The fish is found only within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, a World Heritage site encompassing 1,510,000 square kilometres of ocean waters, including ten islands and atolls of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The site is the largest swath of protected land or water on Earth, and is home to millions of seabirds, endangered turtles, endangered monk seals, and more than 7,000 species.