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UK Scientists Thrilled by Discovery of New Sea Slug Species

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UK Scientists Thrilled by Discovery of New Sea Slug Species
Scientists have hailed the “thrilling” new discovery of a sea slug species after collecting specimens during “routine fisheries surveys” off southwest England and Spain’s Gulf of Cadiz.
The new species, Pleurobranchaea britannica, was identified by scientists from the Centre for Environment, Food and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the University of Cadiz.
Ross Bullimore, a marine ecologist at CEFAS, said: “It is exciting to see that routine fisheries surveys can still lead to such discoveries. It only took a brief inspection of two specimens to be confident that we had stumbled upon a species of Pleurobranchaea. This was thrilling because no other species from this genus had been documented in UK waters, or even this far north.”
The new species is of the genus Pleurobranchea genus, commonly known as side-gilled sea slugs. They are typically found around northern Spain, Senegal and across the Mediterranean Sea, so coming across a species in UK waters surprised researchers.
“There is often an assumption that we know everything there is to know about species found in UK waters, but this just goes to show that there is still so much to learn in our own backyard,” Bullimore said.
Credit: Ross Bullimore/CEFAS via Storyful

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