by | May 22, 2024 | 0 comments

May is Biodiversity Month! 

At OGL, we are deeply committed to studying and preserving marine biodiversity.  

Here’s how we are observing Marine Biodiversity Month:

 Research Support: OGL conducts and supports cutting-edge research to discover new marine species and understand their roles in the ecosystem.

Global Collaboration: OGL partners with marine biodiversity initiatives worldwide, including Ocean Census, the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS), and the Global Genome Biodiversity Network. 

Species Discovery:  OGL and collaborators have discovered and described eleven new species not previously known to science!

Introducing Lithoredo abatanica. This bizarre worm-like clam was discovered by OGL researchers and collaborators from the University of the Philippines and the University of Utah in the Abatan River, Philippines! Unlike its wood-eating relatives, this unique bivalve feeds on limestone, carving its home in the rock. This groundbreaking adaptation showcases marine life’s incredible diversity and ingenuity, expanding our understanding of biodiversity and evolution. 

Lithoredo abatanica is one of the only animals known to eat rock! Image source: 

Highlights at OGL

Congratulations to our recently graduated OGL Co-ops, Lev Becker and Zach Anderson!


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OGL’s new species discovery is number one! 

This week, a publication by Ocean Genome Legacy researchers and colleagues announced the discovery of Vadumodiolus teredinicola, a new species of marine mussel.  This discovery includes several exciting firsts!  Left: Vadumodiolus teredinicola in life position within...

Wicked Worms from Under the Sea

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