NEW SPECIES PICTURES: Deep-Sea "Jumbo Dumbo," More

NEW SPECIES PICTURES: Deep-Sea ''Jumbo Dumbo,'' More
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What looks like an ancient gold treasure is actually a tiny copepod (shown magnified). The crustacean was among 680 copepod specimens--most new to science--that were collected during a 2009 expedition in the Atlantic abyss.

"The abyssal fauna is so rich in species diversity and so poorly described that collecting a known species is an anomaly," CoML team member David Billett, of the U.K.'s National Oceanography Centre, said in a statement.

"Describing for the first time all the different species in any coffee cup-size sample of deep-sea sediment is a daunting challenge."
—Photograph courtesy Census of Marine Life
 
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