Vibranium fairy wrasse
WHAT IS IT? This colourful little fairy wrasse, its fins and scales streaked with iridescent pinks, blues and purples, gets its common name from the (fictional) rare and precious metal that is woven into the suit of the Marvel Comic superhero Black Panther.
WHERE IS IT? Cirrhilabrus wakanda was discovered by scuba-diving scientists 50–80m down on underexplored deep reefs off the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. Its scientific name celebrates Black Panther’s secretive African state, where vibranium is mined. Wakanda, write those behind the discovery, “remained hidden from the world for a long time.”
This new multicoloured fairy wrasse lives within dimly-lit coral reefs.