Left: Adult Yellow-Spotted Golden Bass
Right: Larva Yellow-Spotted Golden Bass
Confronted with a perplexing fish larva collected in the Florida Straits, Smithsonian scientists turned to DNA barcoding, which yielded an unexpected discovery—a match between the mysterious fish larva and adults of a new species of sea bass discovered off the coast of Curacao.
Yellow-spotted golden bass adult (left): Barry Brown, Substation Curacao
Yellow-spotted golden bass larva (right): Cedric Guigand, University of Miami