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'Alien' fish caught off Sicily

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Milan, August 22 - An aline fish new to the
Mediterranean was caught off Sicily earlier this month,
zoologists say in the Mediterranean Marine Science journal.
The rare Indo-Pacific' specimen of parrot fish (Chlorurus
rhakoura), hitherto only seen on the coral reef between Sri
Lanka and Australia, was probably brought in in the ballast
water of big ships, they said.
"These fish belong to a rare and very elusive species, which
was only described for the first time 20 years ago, making their
discovery in the Mediterranean all the more surprising," said
the zoologists, Gianni Insacco and Bruno Zava of the Civic
Museum of Natural History in Comiso.

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