By Chris Simms
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THE beautiful, interlocking, armoured plates of this amphipod are meant to keep it safe from predators and other threats. But they can’t protect it from plastic pollution, which is how this creature got its name.
Eurythenes plasticus is a newly described shrimp-like species found between 6 and 7 kilometres down in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana trench, where Earth’s deepest waters are found.
Johanna Weston at Newcastle University, UK, and her colleagues used baited traps to catch several specimens, which can grow up to 5 centimetres long. Analysing their hindguts revealed that one of them, …
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