Strange new species discovered in Pacific Ocean ‘abyss’

New York Post

Four new species of single-cell organisms have been discovered in the depths of the Pacific.

The single-celled xenophyophores were found by researchers from the U.K.’s National Oceanography Center, the University of Hawaii and the University of Geneva in Switzerland.

The species were discovered using an underwater drone in the western Clarion Clipperton Zone, where the seabed is over 3 miles deep. The specimens, which were collected in 2018, were analyzed to reveal the new species.

The findings were published in the European Journal of Protistology.

The discovery involves four new species and two new genera. One genus has been named “Moanammina” after “Moana,” the Hawaiian word for ocean. The other was named “Abyssalia” after the “abyss”-like environment where it was discovered.

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