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Odontonia plurellicola and Odontonia bagginsi new species of shrimp

Penelitian - Odontonia plurellicola and Odontonia bagginsi in Ternate and Tidore waters in Indonesia into two new species of small symbiotic shrimp. Werner de Gier and Charles H.J.M. Fransen of Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden reported the findings and illustrated the two species that live around the tunicate to ZooKeys.

New shrimp were collected during Ternate expedition to the islands of Ternate and Tidore organized by the Naturalist Biodiversity Center and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in 2009. Odontonia is not more than one centimeter and is found inside the tunicata. This symbiotic crustacean is fully adaptable to life in cavities in which they are small and smooth.

Penelitian Odontonia plurellicola and Odontonia bagginsi new species of shrimp

O. plurellicola is the first to be associated with a colonial tunicate in which Odontonia generally lives in solitary tunicates. Scientists put them into the tree of life by comparing anatomical features including feet, mouth, and carapace. Furthermore, genetic information uses Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) on unusual legs as new shrimp species.

"The ability to describe, draw, and even name two new species is a great honor for me, hopefully we can show the world that many new species are waiting to be discovered, if you look very closely!" says Werner de Gier.

Journal : Werner de Gier and Charles H.J.M. Fransen. Odontonia plurellicola sp. n. and Odontonia bagginsi sp. n., two new ascidian-associated shrimp from Ternate and Tidore, Indonesia, with a phylogenetic reconstruction of the genus (Crustacea, Decapoda, Palaemonidae), ZooKeys, 07 Jun 2018, DOI:10.3897/zookeys.765.25277

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