New Insect Species Discovered


Japanese scientists recently discovered a new insect species living inside the mouth of a whale shark. The newly discovered insect species belongs to the gammaridea family, a crustacean group that can live in extreme habitats, ranging from high mountains to deep oceans. The species can grow up to a length of 3 to 5cms. It has a brown-coloured body with hairy legs, which are used to catch tiny food particles. The insect has been named Podocerus jinbe after 'jinbe zame', which is the Japanese word for 'whale shark'.

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