Hawaii Marine Survey Yields Many New Species

Hawaii Marine Survey Yields Many New Species
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It's no mystery how this Hawaiian pom-pom crab got its nickname. But the crustacean, found during a recent census of ocean life in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, owes its "cheery" appearance to some unusual helpers. Its "pom-poms" are actually anemones, which the crab uses to wipe small organisms from the surface of coral reefs.

Although not new to science, this pom-pom crab is only found in the Hawaiian Islands.

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