A new species' journey
Alvinocaris komaii is a hydrothermal vent shrimp. The "Alvin" in the name is indeed a genus name based on the submersible Alvin, which played a huge role in the discovery and exploration of these vent communities. Biologist Kevin Zelnio came across this type quite by accident, and in this blog he gives a nice step-by-step guide from the first suspicion of a new species to the formal publication. He also explains why line drawings are still important in this day of digital imagery.