Six new sponge species and new symbiotic associations from the Indonesian coral triangle

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  • September 18, 2017
  • Comprising more than 17,000 islands, the Indonesian archipelago is one of the world’s most biodiverse places on Earth. Sponges, aquatic organisms whose bodies consist of numerous pores to allow the ingress of water, are key components of this richness and play a fundamental role in the survival of coral reef habitats. Furthermore, they are also […]

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

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  • August 29, 2017
  • 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

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  • July 12, 2017
  • ‘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 […]

    A new species of hard coral from the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island, Australia

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  • March 22, 2017
  • The discovery of a new species of hard coral, found on Lord Howe Island, suggests that the fauna of this isolated location in the Tasman Sea off south eastern Australia is even more distinct than previously recognised. In a recent paper in ZooKeys, Prof. Andrew Baird and Dr. Mia Hoogenboom from James Cook University, Townsville […]

    Caught red-handed: The ‘Candy striped hermit crab’ is a new species from the Caribbean

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  • January 26, 2017
  • Recent underwater photographs and video obtained using scuba equipment by underwater photographer Ellen Muller at dive sites in the National Marine Park of the southern Caribbean island of Bonaire revealed the presence of a small, secretive and brightly colored red-striped hermit crab that proved to represent a species new to science. The new few-millimeter species […]

    First of a kind footage of a living stylodactylid shrimp filter-feeding at depth of 4826 m

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  • January 24, 2017
  • Depths such as those at the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument are an extreme challenge for explorers, providing scarce information about their inhabitants, let alone their behavior. While most of them are known from dead specimens gathered by trawls, a team of scientists, led by Dr. Mary Wicksten, Texas A&M University, USA, have recently retrieved […]

    Hawaii’s newest species named in honor of President Obama

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  • December 21, 2016
  • 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 […]

    Fishy “juveniles” from the Caribbean to be recognized as a new species, the Hourglass basslet

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  • December 7, 2016
  • Living in deep reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, the banded basslet, a small and colorful species with a wide range of distribution, has long been thought to undergo significant changes during its growth into an adult. Suspiciously, the juveniles appeared much more heavily banded. Recently, however, American scientists figured out that the ‘juveniles’ were in […]

    New species of butterflyfish in the deep reefs of now Earth’s largest protected area Papahānaumokuākea

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  • September 7, 2016
  • In the midst of the ongoing IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, scientists from Bishop Museum and NOAA published a description of a new species of butterflyfish from deep reefs of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, which was recently expanded by President Barack Obama to become world’s largest protected area. […]

    ‘Hidden fish’ genus described for 2 new weakly electric mormyrid species from Gabon

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  • February 9, 2016
  • A new weakly electric mormyrid fish genus of two new species has been described from only three specimens collected over a period of 13 years in the rivers of the Central African country of Gabon. The genus has been named Cryptomyrus, meaning ‘hidden fish’ in Greek, and is the first new genus to be described […]