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More Than 100 New Marine Species Discovered in the Philippines

posted: 06/12/15
by: Danny Clemens
Collecting fish in the Philippines
Collecting fish in the Philippines

During a recent seven-week expedition to the Philippines, researchers from the California Academy of Sciences uncovered more than 100 new species of marine life lurking in the coral reef of the Verde Island Passage.

"The Philippines is jam-packed with diverse and threatened species--it's one of the most astounding regions of biodiversity on Earth," remarked Terry Gosliner, PhD, who led the expedition. "Despite this richness, the region's biodiversity has been relatively unknown. The species lists and distribution maps that we've created during our years surveying the country's land and sea will help to inform future conservation decisions and ensure that this incredible biodiversity is afforded the best possible chance of survival."

From sea slugs to barnacles and delicate heart urchins to squirts, check out some of our favorite new marine species:

Pseudoceros genus
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Pseudoceros genus
California Academy of Sciences
Chelidonura alexisi
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Chelidonura alexisi
California Academy of Sciences
Mourgona genus
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Mourgona genus
California Academy of Sciences
Neoferdina genus
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Neoferdina genus
California Academy of Sciences
Rhopalaea genus (sea squirts)
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Rhopalaea genus (sea squirts)
California Academy of Sciences
Veretillum
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Veretillum
California Academy of Sciences

Click here for more information about the species identified during the expedition

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