A National Geographic expedition to a tiny South Pacific island has discovered scores of new species, including over 600 types of crabs.
The distinctive hexagonal shell, long legs, and claws of this delicate-looking feather star crab help it blend in with its host, the crinoid or feather star.
The crab dwells in the center of the feather star, where it grabs food particles from its filter-feeding host’s arms.
Over 150 scientists from 20 countries participated in the survey of Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific, scouring caves, mountains, reefs, shallows, and forests collecting species. Out of over 10,000 species collected, the researchers are predicting that as many as 2000 may be previously unknown to the scientific community.