PHOTOS: Strange New Species Found on Great Barrier Reef

PHOTOS: Hundreds of New Species Found on Great Barrier Reef
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A pair of fan worms wave their feathery feeding arms to filter tiny particles from the water in a picture released in September 2008.

Scientists spotted the worms during a recent survey of reef-dwelling species at three sites in Australia. The teams found hundreds of previously unknown animals, including colorful soft corals, tiny shrimp, and scavenging crustaceans.

Worms were also highlighted in the study, including a potentially new class of marine worm known as bristle worms, relatives of leeches and earthworms.
—Photograph courtesy Gary Cranitch/Queensland Museum/copyright 2008
 
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