Name a new species

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) are giving the chance for someone to name a species of deep sea shrimp new to science.

The spotty-looking shrimp in the Lebbeus genus was found by PhD student Anna McCallum from the University of Melbourne. The creature lives about 400 metres below the sea surface and sports a toothy crest along the top of its body, and scarlet spots.

McCallum has decided to auction the naming rights for this new species.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards AMCS work to protect Australia’s precious south-west oceans, home of blue whales, Australian Fur Seals, Southern Bluefin Tuna and the yet-to-be-named shrimp. Eighty per cent of the species known to inhabit the area are found no where else on Earth.