PHOTOS: Hundreds of New Species Found off Tasmania

PHOTOS: 100s of New Marine Species Found Off Tasmania
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A new species of Plesionika shrimp probably won't be thrown on the barbie anytime soon. That's because it was found living at depths of 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) off the coast of Tasmania, researchers announced in October 2008.

An Australian survey team found the shrimp--along with hundreds of new species of corals, starfish, sponges, shrimps, and crabs--within a network of marine reserves.

The latest discovery "shows us there's so much out there that we don't know" said Justin Marshall, a marine scientist at the University of Queensland who was not part of the survey team. "We may be destroying habitat before we even know what's there, so we need to describe it before it's gone."
—Photograph courtesy CSIRO
 
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