18 new animal species discovered in South Africa


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Sea slugs graze at low tide

From Wildlife Extra:

18 new species of invertebrate discovered in South Africa

19/08/2009 10:41:36

New species of spiders, snails, millipedes, earthworms, centipedes and true bugs found in the Eastern Cape

August 2009. Earthwatch scientists in South Africa have discovered 18 new species of invertebrate including spiders, snails, millipedes, earthworms, centipedes and true bugs.

The discoveries in Mkhambathi Nature Reserve on South Africa’s Wild Coast were made by scientists and volunteers from Earthwatch during an eight-day period in 2008. The scientists were working in partnership with Eastern Cape Parks, the government organisation that manages the protected areas in the Eastern Cape Province.

18 new species – And a potential 18 more

The scientists confirmed 18 new species of invertebrates, but suspect that another 18 might also be newly discovered. A report, highlighting the important information about the invertebrates of Mkhambathi, was presented to Eastern Cape Parks scientists for use in their conservation planning and management strategies. The new species are currently in the process of being named, described and illustrated by scientists at museums and other research institutes in South Africa.

Spiders in Britain: here.

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