Hidden Diversity: Researcher describes four new species of sponge that lay undiscovered in plain sight


UC Santa Barbara’s Thomas Turner has published a paper in the journal Zootaxa describing four new species of sponges. These novel specimens weren’t dredged from the murky depths or found on some distant seamount, but collected locally from popular dive spots. The study brings Turner’s new species count to five, and the scientist believes there may be dozens yet to discover and describe along the West Coast.



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