Scientists discover new crustacean

Ecosur emphasizes that this discovery represents a milestone for the long-term research program on Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change

Mexican scientists discover a new crustacean
The new crustacean - Photo: Taken from Ecosur's Facebook page
English 03/03/2019 14:34 Notimex Mexico City Actualizada 14:37

Experts from the Colegio de la Frontera Sur (Ecosur) reported the discovery of a new crustacean (amphipod) among the inhabitants of the Yucatán continental shelf.

Carlos Paz and Daniel Pech discovered and studied the crustacean, it was named Gammaropsis elvirae, in honor of Elvira, Carlos Paz's wife.

The new species was found at a depth of 70 meters, which shows that the Yucatán platform hasn't been explored in depth and that it has a great diversity of species that are yet to be discovered, they explained.

In a statement, Ecosur emphasizes that this discovery represents a milestone for the long-term research program on Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change.

The crustacean is described and illustrated as a new species of the Photidae Boeck family which is located along the soft sediment habitats of the Yucatán platform, south of the Gulf of Mexico.

The crustacean has several unique characteristics such as rounded lateral cephalic lobes and external lobes of the lower lip, among many others.

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