NUS scientists help to discover new marine species

10 October 2017 | Research

Mr Lim Swee Cheng from the Tropical Marine Science Institute at NUS was the lead author of a paper on the discovery of a new type of sponge, Plenaster craigi, which was found living on rock nodules targeted for deep-sea mining. The tiny sponges, named partly for the multitude of stars that make up their backbones, belong to a genus of their own and are the most abundant organism found to date that live on the nodules.