Researchers in Antarctica have discovered a new species with 20 arms and a strawberry-like shape.
An article in the journal Invertebrate Systematics published in July described the creature which has been dubbed Promachocrinus fragarius, named after the Latin word for strawberry due to its resemblance to the shape.
Three scientists with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California, San Diego completed expeditions between 2008 and 2017 in search of what they call “cryptic biodiversity.”
“The Southern Ocean has unique environmental conditions that may drive biodiversity,” said the report, written by Emily L. McLaughlin, Nerida G. Wilson and Greg W. Rouse.
Overall, the report identified four new species in the region, according to research Greg Rouse.