Over 100 new species discovered in Philippine waters

(SPOT.ph) In an expedition to uncover the vast marine life of the Philippines, biologists from the United States have  already identified over 100 new species after only three weeks of study, reports 24 Oras. The news confirmed the country's status as one of the centers of marine biodiversity in the world.

 

The recent discoveries, which included various fish, nudibranch and shellfish, were derived from the surface of waters around Batangas. Biologists intend to tackle the deeper plunges of the ocean next week.

 

Dr. Terry Gosliner, the group's resident mollusk and nudibranch expert, said that the Philippines had one of the richest biodiversities of the world. But, he added, the country is also "hotspot," meaning its maintenance required great conservation efforts and special attention.

 

"Human activities can affect biodiversity greatly and there's also the issue of climate change," said Gosliner in the report. "All of us need to work together to maintain it."

 

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