Tuesday, January 25, 2011

In Tennessee a new species is found

Giant crayfish found in Tennessee is new species

In Tennessee a new species is found which crawled out from under a rock, proving that large new species of animals can be found in highly populated and well-explored places.

The new crayfish is huge and twice the size of other species, as it should not have been easily overlooked, the team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Eastern Kentucky University said.
But the crustacean is also quite rare, they report in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.
"This isn't a crayfish that someone would have picked up and just said, 'Oh, it's another crayfish,' and put it back," said University of Illinois aquatic biologist Chris Taylor, one of the researchers.
You would have recognized it as something really, really different and you would have saved it," Taylor added in a statement.
Taylor and Guenter Schuster of Eastern Kentucky University found their first specimen of the new species under one of the biggest rocks in the deepest part of a commonly explored Tennessee creek.


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