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'Penis-head' fish discovered in Vietnam

Aug 29, 2012 - 9:46 PM

A new species of fish with a penis on its head has been identified in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam

VIET NAM, - : This undated handout image illustration received by researchers Koichi Shibukawa, Tran Dac Dinh and Tran Xuan Loi on August 29, 2012 shows freshly-collected specimens of Phallostethus cuulong, a 22.5 mm male (top) in Tra Vinh Province and a 23.7 mm female (below) in Soc Trang Province. A new species of fish with a penis on its head has been identified in the Mekong delta in Vietnam, researchers said on August 29, 2012. Phallostethus cuulong is the newest member of the Phallostethidae family -- small fish found in Southeast Asian waters that are distinguished primarily by the positioning of the male sexual organ. NOTE: Images photographed and retouched by L.X. Tran and K. Shibukawa