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Meet Obama, a new coral-reef fish!

 After a trapdoor spider, a speckled freshwater darter (fish), a parasitic hairworm and an extinct lizard, outgoing US President Barack Obama now has a new species on his name: a coral-reef fish.  Scientists have named a new set of small pink and yellow coral-reef fish — found exclusively within the marine protected area in Hawaii — in honour of Obama.  The fish now bears the formal scientific name “Tosanoides obama”. President Obama also has several species from other locales named after him: a trapdoor spider, a speckled freshwater darter , a parasitic hairworm and an extinct lizard. The fish was discovered during a June 2016 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration expedition to Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Hawaiian Islands. 

On August 26, at the urging of the Hawaii Democrat Senator Brian Schatz, and various conservationists and marine scientists, President Obama had expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.  At 582,578 square miles. “We decided to name this fish after President Obama to recognise his efforts to protect and preserve the natural habitat, including its expansion,” said lead author Richard Pyle. 

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