With students’ help a tiny parasitic crab is discovered

Main report: New parasitic crab species discovered during Smithsonian Biocube work in Solomon Islands
(Zookeys)

Scientific Paper: Zookeys    (Plazi Treatment)
New Taxa: Serenotheres janus
Species named for: the ancient two-faced Roman god
Categories: Citizen Science | Crustaceans | New Species | Species Discovery
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During a 2014 Solomon Islands expedition, students studying biodiversity placed a biocube on a portion of the reef off of Njari Island that contained a large chunk of dead coral. “The students extracted the cube, brought it back to the boat and took it apart,” explains Chris Meyer, Natural History Museum mollusk expert and a principal researcher with Biocube.

Serenotheres janus ♀ (8.9 × 7.9 mm) Photographs courtesy of Zachariah Kobrinsky and David Liittschwager.

Serenotheres janus ♀ (8.9 × 7.9 mm) Photographs courtesy of Zachariah Kobrinsky and David Liittschwager.

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