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2009-02-25 07:00:00

A new elusive species of fish with eyes on the side of its head and freaky characteristics like a fleshy chin and cheeks has been given a name. "Psychedelica" appears to be the perfect name for a species of fish that is a mix of tan and peach zebra stripes, according to University of Washington's Ted Pietsch, who is the first to describe the new species in the scientific literature. The bizarre species called Histiophryne psychedelica made the headlines a year ago when divers discovered the...

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2008-04-03 09:30:00

A fish that would rather crawl into crevices than swim, and that may be able to see in the same way that humans do, could represent an entirely unknown family of fishes, says a University of Washington fish expert. The fish, sighted in Indonesian waters off Ambon Island, has tan- and peach-colored zebra-striping, and rippling folds of skin that obscure its fins, making it look like a glass sculpture that Dale Chihuly might have dreamed up. But far from being hard and brittle like glass, the...


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  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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