New species of elusive loriciferans described in French seas, with rare video of these microscopic animals.
Just what are loriciferans? Author Ricardo Neves describes loriciferans as follows: "Loriciferans are free living animals that inhabit marine environments worldwide. The minute loriciferan body (<0.5 mm) is divided into a head - with several rings of spine-like appendages - neck, thorax and an abdomen encased by a cuticular exoskeleton called a lorica."
Article Title: New records on the rich loriciferan fauna of Trezen ar Skoden (Roscoff, France): Description of two new species of Nanaloricus and the new genus Scutiloricus
Funding: The research leading to these results received funding, or partial funding, from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730984, ASSEMBLE Plus project. Funding to support the collection in Roscoff was further provided by EU programme ASSEMBLE - grant agreement no. 227799. Funding from EU research exchange programme SYNTHESYS (DK-TAF-2423) was partially provided to RCN to study the type specimens described here. Research by RMK was funded by the Danish Natural Science Research Council (grant nr. FNU 272-08-0576) and Carlsberg Foundation (grant numbers CF 2009_01_0053, CF 2012_01_0123 and CF 16-0236). Funding for the present work at Station Biologique de Roscoff furthermore came from The Danish Council for Independent Research (grant-ID: DFF-4090-00145 to NM) and from the Carlsberg Foundation (grant no. CF15-0570 to NM).
Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.