JHT Biologist Names Newly Discovered Marine Species for NOAA
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.