New species of shrimp found after ‘hitchhiking’ on ocean rock to south London museum


The tiny crustacean, never seen elsewhere, has been ‘breeding like mad’ at the Horniman by the South Circular road

For more than a decade, nobody at the museum had any idea that the unusally fast-moving, zig-zagging shrimp they were feeding to the fish in their aquarium was a brand-new species that had never been seen before anywhere else in the world.

Smaller than a child’s fingernail, the new type of marine mysid crustacean has been discovered in a humble tank at the Horniman museum in London, where it has spent at least the past 12 years hiding in plain sight and “breeding like mad”.

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