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Dr. Chuck Messing announced his discovery of a new species of crinoid on the WEB! In real time.
We are pleased to report the discovery of a new species (possibly a new genus) of stalked crinoid, or sea lily, belonging to a family previously unknown in the western Atlantic Ocean. The miniature palm-tree-like animal, a relative of sea stars and sea urchins, is a member of the crinoid family Phrynocrinidae, which includes only four other species known from the northeastern and southern Atlantic, the Indian and western Pacific Oceans. It differs from these, and from all other living crinoids…