Brittle star species not seen since World War II found in Palau

An expedition led by instructors of USC Dornsife’s Scientific Research Diving program recently found specimens of a possible new species of Echinoderm. Recent dives in Palau uncovered three small Echinoderms in the class Ophiuroidea (Brittle Stars), close relatives of starfish. This particular type of Brittle Star was last seen roughly 76 years ago by Japanese researchers in Palau. For pictures and further information read the original article at: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/expeditions/2012/06/18/usc-dornsife-scientific-diving-think-like-a-brittle-star/

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