Saturday, September 20, 2008

Many new species found in the Great Barrier Reef

Yet again we see an example of new species getting found when scientists start looking through an area systematically.

ScienceDaily has the story

Explorers Find Hundreds Of Undescribed Corals, Other Species On Familiar Australian Reefs

Hundreds of new kinds of animal species surprised international researchers systematically exploring waters off two islands on the Great Barrier Reef and a reef off northwestern Australia -- waters long familiar to divers.

As the paragraph shows, my headline was a little misleading. It's not only the Great Barrier Reef which the scientists looked at, and found new species.

Interestingly enough, these species have been under our noses all the time, we just haven't looked properly.

The effort that lead to these discoveries are part of the Census of Coral Reefs

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