The 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition: Unraveling the Philippines’s natural wonders

Via Scoop.itEarth Island Institute Philippines

COMPRISED of more than 7,000 islands, the Philippines is home to a wide variety of species. This was reaffirmed by the expedition with the discovery of approximately 500 new species found in rainforests, coral reefs and the ocean floor.   According to Dr. Gosliner, among the interesting species discovered include a deep-sea, shrimp-eating shark that inflates its stomach with water to bulk up and scare off other predators; a cicada that makes a “laughing” call; three new lobster relatives that squeeze into crevices instead of carrying shells on their backs; a worm-like pipefish that hides among colonies of soft coral; a starfish that only eats sunken driftwood; and a crab with needle-like teeth on its pincers…   THE expedition did not just unveil new species but also validated the existence of environmental problems such as the continuous dumping of human waste in different bodies of water and the destruction of coral reefs caused by human activities.