Expedition Initial Results
UNIQUE HABITATS = UNIQUE SPECIES:
Where scientists experienced unique and specialized habitats, they also
found unique species. For example, a number of sponges, presumably ones
not known to science before, were found in deep lagoon holes at Pearl
and Hermes Reef. They are probably unique (endemic) to the atoll. Until
now, no endemic marine invertebrate species were known to exist in Hawaii.
Invertebrate scientists believe they have found numerous new species across
the chain but won't be able to confirm this assumption until they complete
their laboratory work.