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#328 Red Handfish

Critically Endangered

These are the rarest fish in the world, or at least of fish where the numbers are known. two years ago a survey determined there were 100 or fewer mature fish. They are rather small, only 1/10 of an inch when they hatch and getting to the length of 2 1/2 inches on average. They actually stay with their eggs waiting for them to hatch. They don't swim, rather they walk around on their fins. The fact they walk means they have a very limited range. It isn't really known for certain why their population numbers have gone down so much. Increase in algae due to runoff, too many sea urchins, seastars eating their eggs, and illegal collection for the aquarium trade all probably play a part in their decline. They only have 2 small populations in reefs near Tasmania.

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