A new species has been discovered in Australia: it is a blue fish up to a meter long with twelve dorsal spines and a true "bully" behavior. Because of its aggressiveness it is in fact nicknamed Blue Bastard by local fishermen.
And also the scientific name given to him reflects this nature: Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus where caeruleum in Latin means blue and nothus bastard (or illegitimate child).
His card was published in the zoology magazine Zootaxa.
The confirmation of science. The story of his discovery is also curious. Fisherman Ben Wright, unable to identify the freshly caught fish, decided to send a photo to the Queensland Museum. After five months of research and DNA analysis, the museum ichtologist, Jeff Johnson, confirmed that the Blue Bastard is part of a new species of the bony fish genus, which has been given the name of Plectorhinchus caeruleonothus.
A painful kiss. The distinctive feature of the fish is also curious. Some fishermen claimed to have seen pairs of Blue Bastards hooked by the mouth, as if united in a kiss. This is not a seduction technique, but a bite used by male specimens in territorial control fights: the fish clench for the jaw and wiggle in this position until one of them releases the grip.
Habitats and habits. The favorite place for the Blue Bastard is the dark, murky waters north of Australia, where it can hunt small crustaceans and shrimp and crab larvae. Growing up, the fish changes its chromatic appearance: it begins the black life with yellow stripes and over time becomes progressively blue.