“Bubble gum” coral possibly new species from Coral Triangle

By on Dec 15, 2010

Scientists recently revealed their findings after an expedition to the Coral Triangle – “a region where currents from the Pacific and Indian Oceans bring together different species from Asia and Australia to mix within Indonesia’s Sulawesi Sea”. As many as 50 deepwater animal species caught on high-definition video appeared to be new to science, in addition to possibly 40 new coral species such as the Bubblegum coral, which looks very similar to Paragorgia arborea.   ‘We  have to be careful because we cannot describe new species from images, but they look different enough so that they could be new species.’ said team member Santiago Herrera, an MIT researcher who also works at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Mass.” The expedition is a planned 5 year project, with the scientists eager to return to continue their voyage.

via [Our Amazing Planet]

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