29 Jan '12, 10pm

Marine study in Singapore digs up 100 species

Marine study in Singapore digs up 100 species

Non-descript and small in size (20 mm length), this relatively common intertidal rocky shore shrimp has generally been called 'Palaemon serrifer'. Although it looks just like it's East Asian relatives, it is genetically very different and work is now in progress to determine if this is a new species. -- PHOTO: CMBS By Grace Chua Burrowed deep into the mudflats of Lim Chu Kang is a bumpy, warty sea anemone so new to science, it does not even have a scientific name yet. Its finders have fondly nicknamed it Bill. It is one of the new findings scientists have made, just a year into the most comprehensive study of marine life here. In the first phase of the three-year Comprehensive Marine Biodiversity Survey, researchers looking at coastal mudflat and intertidal areas have already found a hundred species, some of which are new for Singapore or new to science altogether. Photo g...

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