San Franciscan, William Mathews Brooks, Discovers New Fish

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The Eviota pamae was discovered in February by William Mathews Brooks and announced in the in the April edition of the International Journal of Ichthyology. The Journal also featured the new species on its cover.

Last February, William Mathews Brooks of San Francisco identified a new species of coral reef fish, specifically of the goby (Gobiidae) genus, from the Indonesian seas. The new species, Eviota pamae, is a brightly colored orange and pink fish with a bright yellow mid-lateral stripe that runs horizontally down the side of the body.

This tremendous discovery was announced in the April 2013 edition of aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology The Journal highlighted the discovery by featuring the new species, Eviota pamae, on its April 15th cover.

The species is named pamae in honor of Pamela Scott Rorke, the author’s second wife and companion; Rorke was also an active diving member of the expedition that uncovered this beautiful new species.

The aqua, International Journal of Ichthyology, described the new Eviota pamae species as “…a brightly colored species collected while scuba diving by William Mathews Brooks and Mark Erdmann during a brief visit by them to the Kei (often spelled Kai) Islands of southeastern Indonesia in February 2013.”

The new species, Eviota pamae, was immediately recognized as a new taxon closely resembling Eviota raja from the Raja Ampat Islands, off the western tip of New Guinea (West Papua Province, Indonesia). The two species differ dramatically in color pattern.

Currently, the newly discovered species is only known to reside in the Kei Islands of southeastern Indonesia. The fish was collected off of the eastern side of the islands, near the northern tip of Kei Besar, which is the largest island in the group. It was most commonly found at depths between about 13 and 20 meters and seemed to reside mostly on sheltered reef slopes where the species formed aggregations of up to 10-30 individuals among live and dead corals and in shady crevices.

William Mathews Brooks of San Francisco is a successful businessman and entrepreneur, who is also well known in adventuring circles for his passion for the outdoors. As an avid climber, mountaineer and alpinist, Brooks, an AMGA certified international mountain guide, found the available equipment to be inadequate and often much too cumbersome to be used effectively. This discovery led to Brooks in 1995 to start Brooks-Range Mountaineering Equipment Co. so as to put his inventive mind to work and coming up with alternative solutions to gear and apparel. Brooks-Range is a leading supplier of a variety of unique and inventive mountaineering equipment for alpinists, back country travelers and professional mountain and ski guides.

A multi-award winning adventurer, William Mathews Brooks was also decorated twice by the American Mountain Guides Association; once in 2010 and again in 2012. He collected that organization's two most prestigious awards in the Presidential Gold Medal and Lifetime Achievement Award.

His enthusiasm for all things air, land and sea has propelled his success in every area of interest. In aviation, William Mathews Brooks has obtained various records, primarily in the year 2006. These records include a non-stop flight at the longest distance and the fastest flight over a recognized course. Brooks set these records with a Cessna Citation 501 SP FJ44 Eagle II, which is a modified business jet.

In scuba diving, he is a long term certified Dive Instructor with both PADI and SDI/TDI, having started diving in college in the early 1970’s.

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