An expedition to a tiny island in the South Pacific’s Republic of Vanatu has yielded hundreds of new species, including possibly 1000 new species of crab.
153 scientists from 20 countries participated in the survey of Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific, scouring caves, mountains, reefs, shallows, and forests collecting species. Out of over 10,000 species collected, the researchers are predicting that as many as 2000 may be previously unknown to the scientific community. Some pics from the National Geographic story are below, but we encourage you to visit this article and this article for more in depth descriptions of the creatures.
Pink limpet snails
Sundial snail (already known to science, but too sweet to leave out)
Many, many, many more pics below the fold…
Different squat lobster
And now for the crabs….
Pom pom or boxer crab
Coral guard crab
Common hairy crab
Two horn box crab
Feather star crab