Wall Chart of New Fish Species

The Smithsonian's Dr. Carole Baldwin uses a wall diagram that shows genetic lineages among Starksia blennies (a type of reef fish) to explain how the seven new species differ from previously known species.
Smithsonian Institution

Starksia blennies, small coral reef fish, have been well-studied for more than 100 years. But Smithsonian scientists discovered that what were thought to be three species of the fish are actually 10 distinct species from the Caribbean. Dr. Carole Baldwin, a Smithsonian zoologist and curator of fishes, was lead author of the 2011 paper describing the discovery. Learn more in the article "Scientists Discover Seven New Species of Fish."