New Mollusk Species Found in Philippines
The Associated Press
Philippines (AP) - A French-led
marine expedition team believes it has
discovered thousands of new species of
mollusks and crustaceans around a Philippine
island, officials and scientists said
Some 80 scientists, technicians, students
and volunteers from 19 countries surveyed
the waters around Panglao island, 390
miles southeast of Manila from 2004-05.
"Numerous species were observed and
photographed alive, many for the first
time, and it is estimated that 150-250
of the crustaceans and 1,500-2,500 of
the mollusks are new species,'' said a
statement from the expedition team, which
was led by Philippe Bouchet of the French
National Museum of Natural History.
"However, it requires a thorough
comparison with all previously named species
to ascertain if a novel species is indeed
new to science,'' it added. "This
is a slow and tedious process.''
On Monday, the Panglao Marine Biodiversity
Project turned over to the Philippine
National Museum more than a hundred holotypes
or representative specimen of the rare
finds, officials said.
The expedition team said its survey revealed
over 1,200 species of decapod crustaceans
- a group that includes crayfish, crabs,
lobsters and shrimps - and some 6,000
species of mollusks.