Novel Amphipod Species Found
As per recent reports, it has been revealed that a new type of shrimp-like species has been discovered in a in a gypsum cave at northeast of Carlsbad, during a biological exploration. The exploration was being conducted by Zara Environmental LLC.
Dr. John Holsinger, of Biological Sciences Department of Old Dominion University in Virginia, was of the view that the species is from the family of Parabogidiella amerciana. He further affirmed that before it was found, science was unaware of this specie.
The shrimp-like species is quite unique and is blind, said Randy Gibson, from Bureau of Land Management. He was of the view that it does not happen daily that they are able to find such kind of species and the development has encouraged them to find more species in the cave.
"There is still a lot we don't know about the land beneath our feet. Karst aquifers are unique and highly valuable. They provide specialized habitat for species yet to be discovered”, said Gibson. The Bureau of Land Management was of the view that they found the freshwater amphipod species on April 17, 2012.
Till now, they have not named the specie. The newly found species is blind and is about a half-inch long and is completely translucent. Gibson said that the specie was found some 80 feet deep in the cave. It is not that they have not explored the cave, but may be it is their luck that they have found new specie.
There is no doubt about it that a depth of the earth is nothing but an unexplored area for humankind. There is always a sense of excitement that what they will find deep down in the earth, said Gibson.
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