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JHT Biologist Names Newly Discovered Marine Species for NOAA

JHT Biologist Names Newly Discovered Marine Species for NOAA
Apr. 13, 2016, Orlando FL
JHT Biologist Enrique J. Salgado and a team of NOAA scientists were recently credited by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for discovering a new species of marine sponge off the coast of southeastern Alaska. Mr. Salgado was given the esteemed honor of naming the new species by NOAA.

In 2015, Salgado, led by chief scientist Bob Stone, conducted a survey of continental shelf features off the coast of Southeastern Alaska. During that survey an unknown rock sample was obtained. A series of tissue specimens were preserved then sent to taxonomists for analysis. Results returned indicating a new species (Prosuberites) present in those Alaskan waters. Salgado proposed the name Prosuberites salgadoi - which is undergoing approval and will be registered as a new marine species in May 2016.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the talented team, including chief scientist Bob Stone, for leading a successful survey in the Gulf of Alaska and giving me the privilege of naming the new species. I’m also appreciative of NOAA lead Peter Etnoyer, the JHT team and program manager Ann Skradski, who all made it possible for me to participate in this exciting research,” said Enrique. He supports the Deep Sea Coral Program at the NOS, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, Center for Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research in Charleston, South Carolina.

Full NOAA article: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/aaweekly/archive/040716.html


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