Three new species of zoantharians described from coral reefs across the Indo-Pacific

  • January 5, 2018
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    One of them was named after the president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau, in honour of his and the nation’s support to the authors and marine conservation Three new species of zoantharians were discovered by researchers from the University of the Ryukyus and Kagoshima University, Japan, and the Palau International Coral Reef Center. Despite not being previously known, all three […]

    DNA study in the Pacific reveals 2000% increase in our knowledge of mollusc biodiversity

  • October 10, 2017
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    Scientists working in the new frontier for deep-sea mining have revealed a remarkable 2000% increase in our knowledge of the biodiversity of seafloor molluscs. Tweny-one species, where only one was previously known, are reported as a result of the research which applied the latest DNA-taxonomy methodology to mollusc specimens collected from the central Pacific Clarion […]

    New species of crab with unusual outgrowths has its name written in the stars

  • August 29, 2017
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    A new species of crab with star-shaped tubercles all over its body has been collected from red coral beds during a survey at a small seamount by Peng-Chia-Yu Island, Taiwan. It has also been found in the Philippines. It is described in the open access journal ZooKeys. This astonishing creature is distinct with its carapace and […]

    Behind Green Eyes: New species of deep-water hermit crab finds itself unusual shelters

  • July 12, 2017
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    ‘Green-eyed hermit crab’ is the common name for a new species recently discovered off the West Coast of South Africa. Apart from its magnetic stare, however, there is a number of characteristic morphological traits and an unusual home preference that all make the crustacean unique. Formally named after the University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Lara […]

    Hawaii’s newest species named in honor of President Obama

  • December 21, 2016
  • The President of the United States, Barack Obama arriving on Midway Atoll Midway on September 1, 2016 to commemorate his use of the Antiquities Act to expand the boundaries of  the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. 

Dr. Sylvia Earle gives President Barack Obama a photograph of Tosanoides obama on Midway Atoll, from the film "Sea of Hope: America's Underwater Treasures" premiering on National Geographic Channel on January 15, 2017.

    The new species is the only coral-reef fish that lives exclusively within the marine protected area, which was recently expanded by the President Scientists from the Bishop Museum, NOAA, and the Association for Marine Exploration published the description of a new species of coral-reef fish that they named in honor of President Barack Obama. The […]