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Biologists from Moscow State University discovered two new species of crustaceans

Biologists from Lomonosov Moscow State University have discovered two new types of parasitic crustaceans in the Kuriles, the press service of Moscow State University informed.
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Two new types of parasitizing Ascothoracidae (family Ascothoracidae) were discovered by biologists in brittle stars (Ophiurea), relatives of starfish. The researchers took samples in the Kuril-Kamchatka Trench, at a depth of more than 5000 m. The shape and colour of several brittle stars caught the interest of the scientists. It was found that changes in the appearance of marine echinodermata were caused by parasitic crustaceans living inside them.

Ascothorax rybakovi and Cardiosaccus pedri, previously unknown species of the family of Ascothoracidae, were named after Alexei Rybakov and Pedro Martinez Arbizu, outstanding researchers of marine parasitic crustaceans.

The study was conducted as a part of research direction 'Animals' within the framework of the mega-project 'Noah's Ark' of Moscow University, supported by the Russian Science Foundation (RNF).

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