Three species of starfish were discovered in the departments of Tumbes and Ica by Peruvian and Mexican specialists that confirm the richness of the biodiversity of protected areas in the country, announced the Sernanp.
The National Service of Protected Areas by the State (Sernanp in spanish) pointed out that they are the Regali Astropecten , Paulia Horrida and Meyenaster Gelatinosus species, known in other seas but never had found in Peru.
The stars, as well as the sea urchins and sea cucumbers belong to the echinoderms group, yet little studied in our country, said the institution through a press release.
The discovery was made thanks to the research efforts and cooperation of the Coastal Marine Unit of Sernanp and the Marine Biological Laboratory of the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia. Also participated Mexican specialists.
For the biologist Yuri Hooker, specialist of the Marine Coastal Unit, ” the investigations of diversity are like a puzzle, in which the species are the pieces that one by one gathering together until complete the picture of the animals community that inhabit the bottom ocean.”
“With that knowledge we may know which are the most important species that we need to protect for the ecosystem to remain healthy, fulfilling the objectives of conservation of our natural areas protected,” he explained.
FROM | peru.com
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