In 2006, evolutionary biologists at the American Museum of Natural History conducted a phylogenetic analysis of spiny-rayed teleost fishes. They discovered that at least a thousand more venomous fish species inhabit worldwide aqautic ecosystems—a conservative estimate places the number at 1400 species. This exhibit introduces some of these venomous fish and describes the significance of the new findings. Text and images by Dr. W. Leo Smith, Department of Ichthyology, American Museum of Natural History.
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