A group of scientists has discovered four new types of single-celled organisms that live within “skeletons” of up to 10 cm in length, deep in the Pacific Ocean.
Where creatures known as single-celled xenophyophores were found by researchers from the National Center for Oceanography in the United Kingdom, University of Hawaii and University of Geneva in Switzerland.
The species was discovered using underwater drone in Clipperton, west of the Clarion Rift Zone. The analysis of the samples collected occurred in 2018, examining the genes of each living organism and the shape of its body before the scientists decided to define it as a new species.
The find includes four new species, including two new species. One species is called “Moamammina,” which is inspired by the word “Moana,” which means ocean for Hawaiians.
The other type is called “Abyssalia”, which is derived from the word abyss, which means “abyss”, which is similar to the place where it was found.
“We were excited to find these beautiful new species,” Andrew Godai, a professor at the National Center for Oceanography and lead author of the study, said in a statement. Xenophyophores is one of the largest species of large organisms found in the vast plains of Clipperton, west of the Clarion Rift Zone.
“The abundance and diversity of these single-celled giants is truly amazing!” Added ocean scientist Craig Smith of the UH Mānoa School of Oceanic and Earth Science and Technology in a statement.
And the oceans continue to reveal their secrets. And in a separate study published earlier this year, scientists announced the discovery of a creature of 10 cells that could survive without oxygen. This parasite is close to jellyfish and coral reefs.