British researchers from the University of Southampton have found several new species of life – and some that were thought to be extinct – during an in-depth study documenting some of the world’s rarest and most fragile coral reefs in the Galapagos Islands.

"A team from the University of Southampton’s School of Geography has spent three years in the Galapagos Islands studying the reefs of the northern Wolf and Darwin Islands as part of the government-funded Darwin Initiative project.

"Among the discoveries were species not known to live in Galapagos, and some that were previously unknown to science. These include new zooanthid coral species from the genera Hydrozoanthus, Parazoanthus, Antipathozoanthus and possibly Epizoanthus, although Dawson says that the latter may be an entirely new species that hasn’t been put into a family (genera) as yet."

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