PHOTOS: Tiny Tropical Island Yields a Wealth of Species

PHOTOS: Tiny Tropical Island Yields a Wealth of Species
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A squat lobster's color can change from white to yellow, red, or black to match the color of its hosts. This one mimics the orange-yellow feather star with which it lives.

Scientists on the Santo 2006 expedition in Vanuatu collected as many different species as they could to establish an authoritative record of what lives on and around the island of Espiritu Santo.

"We're aware that up to half of [these] species will go extinct by the end of this century," says Philippe Bouchet, one of the expedition's leaders.
—Photograph by Dr Tin-Yam Chan, University of Keelung
 
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