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Scientists have discovered a new species of goby living in a cave system in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Douglass Hoese of the Australian Museum and Maurice Kottelat of the National University of Singapore described the new goby as Bostrychus microphthalmus in the latest issue of the journal Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters.

The new fish, one of few gobioids known to live underground, was discovered in a cave in the Maros karst in Sulawesi.

As the scientific name suggests, this species is microphthalmic and has greatly reduced eyes, since they're not needed in the pitch black darkness of caves.

Kottelat and Hoese say that there are only five species of Bostrychus known, and that the fishes are rare in museum collections.

For more details see the paper: Hoese, DF and M. Kottelat (2005) - Bostrychus microphthalmus, a new microphthalmic cavefish from Sulawesi (Teleostei: Gobiidae).