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Star-Gazing Shrimp Discovered in SAfrica; Crustacean Always Staring Up

By    |   Friday, 21 Nov 2014 12:16 PM

A "star-gazing" shrimp was discovered in South African waters recently, according to the University of Cape Town.

The 10-15 mm-long crustacean has been christened the "star-gazer mysid" as its candy-striped eyes seem to gaze permanently upwards. Similar to insects' eyes, they each look in a different direction.

"The vivid ringed patterns are thought to be there to make the eyes appear to belong to a much bigger creature, and hence to scare off predators," the university said, according to Reuters.

It is officially named Mysidopsis zsilaveczi after Guido Zsilavecz, the underwater photographer who discovered it.



The university's senior marine biologist, Charles Griffiths, could not identify the species when Zsilavecz brought it to him and so samples were sent to an expert in Vienna.

Zsilavecz also recently found a new type of nudibranch, a soft-bodied sea slug, around Cape Town, a city situated at the meeting of the Indian and Atlantic oceans.

"It's amazing that we're still finding so many new species in heavily dived waters such as False Bay, right on our doorstep," Griffiths said.

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