New Zealand’s Niwa discovered 141 new marine species in 3 years

New Zealand’s Niwa discovered 141 new marine species in 3 years

The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (Niwa) in New Zealand has been very proactive in discovering new spices of marine animals.

Niwa has discovered a range of 141 new marine creatures including squat lobsters to sand hoppers in previous three years, making s significant contribution to the scientific community. The discoveries from the institute will be added to the World Register of Marine Species, which is expected to add 1000 new marine fish species that have been found globally since 2008. Experts said that among the new species worldwide, there were 122 sharks and rays, 131 members of the goby family, and a new barracuda found in the Mediterranean.

Niwa recently said that there were close to 12,500 named marine species for the World Register in New Zealand's marine environment. Niwa biologists have collaborated with experts from overseas to discover 141 new marine animals in theNiwa Invertebrate Collection, including specimens from recent research cruises, during the previous three years. The discoveries include sponges, corals, sea anemones, round worms, sand hoppers, shrimps, squat lobsters and sea squirts.

Niwa's Dennis Gordon said, "Marine research in recent years have discovered new species on Wellington's seashores, and Niwa's studies investigating vulnerable deep-water ecosystems have resulted in lots of new species."

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