Friday, February 11, 2011

February 11, 2011 : Human Face Fish

Human Face Fish

The Human Face Fish is a cyprinid fish found in 2003 purported to have markings on its head reminiscent of the facial features of a human. It has been reported by Reuters as being a cross between two varieties of the carp Cyprinus carpio, specifically the common carp and the leather carp, but by other news outlets as a true hybrid between the common carp and the ayu sweetfish Plecoglossus altivelis. The latter is almost certainly incorrect though, as carps and ayu belong to quite different superorders of Teleostei.

The fish resides in a pond in Chongju near Seoul, South Korea. They are also found in Slovenia, in the caves under and around Lake Bohinj.

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