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A new reef micro shrimp named after a hobbit

By Leonard Ho - Posted Jun 19, 2018 09:00 AM
This chubby lil' guy is named Odontonia bagginsi. These shrimps live inside sea squirts and are currently only known from the coral reefs of Tidore, Indonesia.
A new reef micro shrimp named after a hobbit

Odontonia bagginsi sp. n

The scientists decided to name the shrimp after fictional characters, Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, the hobbit family from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings book (and movie) universe.  Why?  Bof the shrimp's hairy feet ... just like the feet of hobbits.

Due to their excellent camouflage and tiny size (about 1cm), Odontonia bagginsi has evaded discovery until now.  In fact, most Odontonia sp. shrimps, all of whom are tiny and share similar symbiotic relationships with sea squirts (AKA ascidians) are only known from a single or few type specimens.  Not much is known about the life of these shrimps, who spend their lives almost exclusively inside the cavities of sea squirts.

The new shrimp species is described in ZooKeys.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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