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Meet the newly-discovered fish named after Obama

(Image: Richard Pyle) (Image: Richard Pyle)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

As thanks for greatly expanding the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, scientists have named a newly-discovered fish after President Obama.

The fish was discovered in June in 300-foot-waters off Kure Atoll.

It's the one fish known to live only within the 583,000 square mile national monument, roughly the size of Texas.

Scientists say the the dorsal fin coloration of the male reminded them of Obama's campaign logo.

The National Geographic told Obama about the name on Thursday, when he visited Midway Atoll.

"This is a nice-looking fish," Obama told a National Geographic explorer-in-residence. "I am deeply honored to have this fish named after me."

The species was discovered during a research trip. Bishop Museum marine biologist Richard Pyle spotted the fish, which he didn't recognize, and collected a male specimen for analysis. 

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