17-09-2013

Discovery of a new marine invertebrate

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A research team of the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) recently discovered a new species of Osedax, a marine invertebrate that feeds on bones named Osedax deceptionensis. This species is one of the two first species of this marine worm that has been found in the Antartida, in Deception Island —hence the name. The results have been recently published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B and cited in other journals such as NatureScience i National Geographic, among others.

The research is a part of the Actiquim-II project that began in 2010 and is directed by Professor Conxita Avila, from the Animal Biology Department of the UB and member of the Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBio). Sergio Taboada, from the same department and Javier Cristobo, from IEO (Gijón) have also participated in this project.

Marta Alegret (Universitat de Barcelona)

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