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Nine new species for disappearing handfish family

CSIRO Media Release – 21 May 2010
Ref 10/72
The Pink Handfish is known from only four specimens and was last recorded off the Tasman Peninsula in 1999. The endangered Spotted Handfish are found on sandy sediments at the bottom of Tasmania's Derwent estuary and adjoining bays.

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The Red Handfish is listed as vulnerable and is under pressure from habitat degradation and collection. The Zeibell's handfish is restricted to isolated populations off eastern and southern Tasmania.

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