Hundreds of new species found off Tasmania

Date: 2/12/2008

A Trichopeltarion crab found in the deep seas off Tasmania is among hundreds of unusual marine animals discovered in Australian waters during two separate research voyages in November 2006 and April 2007. The survey team, from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), say the expedition yielded 274 species new to science and 86 species previously unrecorded in the region. The new species of crab was found lurking around seamounts two kilometres deep about 185 -370 kilometres off Tasmania’s southern coast.

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