Scientists find additional evidence that the Philippines is one of the most species-rich places on the planet; provide recommendations for conservation. – California Academy of Sciences
The 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition is the largest expedition undertaken by the Academy. It was the first expedition that made a comprehensive survey of both terrestrial and marine diversity.
The nearly 2-month expedition which ended recently gave the academy botanists, entomologists and marine biologists a clear perspective and explored new life in shallow-water reefs, the deep sea, terrestrial and freshwater areas.
In a Press Release uploaded at California Academy of Sciences website; the scientists discovered more than 300 species that are likely new to science, including dozens of new insects and spiders, deep-sea armored corals, ornate sea pens, bizarre new sea urchins and sea stars, a shrimp-eating swell shark, and over 50 colorful new sea slugs.
Here are some pictures of the new species: