300 New Species Discovered in Philippines

Photo of two Swell Sharks

 

In a recent excursion, scientists from the California Academy discovered upwards of 300 new species in the Philippines. Despite the fact humans have lived and explored this planet for thousands of years, some scientists believe upwards of 90% of the species on this planet have yet to be discovered. Follow the link below to see a handful of photographs of the new species.


During their 42-day expedition to survey Luzon Island—the largest island in the Philippine archipelago—and its surrounding waters, the international team of scientists created species lists and distribution maps for a wide variety of species, including plants, insects, spiders, reptiles, amphibians, fish, corals, barnacles, sea urchins and many other marine invertebrates. Along the way, they encountered more than 300 species that appear to be new to science, including such notable finds as a cicada that makes a distinctive “laughing” call, a deep-sea swell shark that inflates its stomach with water to bulk up and scare off other predators, a starfish that exclusively eats sunken driftwood, three new lobster relatives that squeeze into crevices instead of carrying shells on their backs, a crab whose pincers are lined with needle-like teeth, and a worm-like pipefish that hides among colonies of soft coral. – California Academy

Link: Philippines Expedition Press Release

Follow the link below to view photos of some of the newly found species.

[via IBTimes]

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