PHOTOS: Strange New Species Found on Great Barrier Reef

PHOTOS: Hundreds of New Species Found on Great Barrier Reef
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A green-banded snapping shrimp reveals its disproportionate weaponry after being discovered inside dead coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Researchers released the above picture of the shrimp in September 2008 along with shots of other animals found during a recent biodiversity survey at three sites along the reef.

The teams used a wide variety of sampling methods, which included looking inside the hollow skeletons of old coral structures.

Samples were obtained by enveloping dead coral in a bag and chiseling the structures off at their bases to capture the animals inside. A single such sample can yield more than 150 individual animals, the survey team said.
—Photograph courtesy Gary Cranitch/Queensland Museum/copyright 2008
 
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