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

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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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