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Teeming biodiversity discovered in extinct volcanoes off south-eastern Australia

Media Release – 8 October 2008
A new species of Ophiomyxa brittlestar A new species of Marginaster seastar - first deepsea Australian species in the genus

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A new species of Ophiacantha brittlestar A new species of Ophiomitrella brittlestar

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A new species of Amphioplus brittlestar A probable new species of Alpheus pistol shrimp

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A probable new species of Lebbeus shrimp A possible new species of Plesionika shrimp

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A probable new species of Lissosabinea shrimp - only one species previously recorded from Australian waters A new species of Trichopeltarion crab - a group of deepsea crabs, this species is restricted to seamounts in southeastern Australia

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A diverse seamount community of filter feeding corals, sponges and brittle stars at 1106 meters water depth in the Huon Commonwealth Marine Reserve off southern Tasmania. A sea star lives amongst deepwater corals at 1115 meters water depth in the Huon Commonwealth Marine Reserve off southern Tasmania.

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