Deep sea discovery: ‘First carnivorous species’ found 10,000ft underwater in Australia

However, carnivorous sponges are significantly different, with many – such as these newly-discovered specimens – losing this ability entirely.

These assassin-like sponges instead capture small crustaceans and other prey with filaments and hooks.

The researchers in this study found the following new species of carnivorous sponges: Nullarbora heptaxia, Abyssocladia oxyasters and Lycopodina hystrix.

These are also all new genera, in addition to a closely-related yet non-carnivorous species of sponge, Guitarra davidconryi.


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