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New Coral Reef Crustacean Described and Named After Late Reggae Performer Bob Marley

Study of new parasitic coral reef species advances understanding of factors influencing disease transmission in oceans

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Photo of a Caribbean fish known as the French grunt that is infested with gnathiids.

A Caribbean fish known as the French grunt that is infested with gnathiids.

Credit: Elizabeth Brill


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Photo of the late reggae guitarist/singer Bob Marley.

A newly discovered and described species of Caribbean crustacean has been named for the late reggae guitarist/singer Bob Marley.

Credit: Ueli Frey: http://www.drjazz.ch


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Photo of a container with juvenile gnathiids engorged with fresh blood.

Juvenile gnathiids that have recently fed on fresh blood. Only juvenile gnathiids are parasitic.

Credit: Ann Marie Coile, Department of Biology, Arkansas State University


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A close-up of an adult male gnathiid.

A close-up of an adult male gnathiid. Adult males look entirely different than juveniles and are used by taxonomists to identify species.

Credit: John Artim, Department of Biology, Arkansas State University


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