Demaorchestia alanensis : New Species Of Marine Amphipod
Researchers at Berhampur University, Odisha, have unveiled a new species of marine amphipod, named Demaorchestia alanensis, in Chilika Lake, contributing to global marine biodiversity.
- Demaorchestia alanensis is a new species of marine amphipod-a shrimp-like crustacea of the genus Demaorchestia.
- The present discovery has added one more species to the genus Demaorchestia, raising the global species number in the group to six.
- It is white in colour and less than 15 millimetres in length.
- It has 13 pairs of legs.
- While three pairs are used for swimming in the water, eight pairs are used for walking on land.
- The other two pairs are used for capturing prey and feeding.
- The species can be distinguished from the other members of the genus by two to three strong, hair-like structures, or setae, on the anterior margin of the propodus of the gnathopod.