Back in 2018, 31 researchers from Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum and St.John’s Island Marine Laboratory went on a 14-day expedition to survey the uncharted South Java Deep-Sea.

The expedition which also included researchers from the Museum, the NUS Tropical Marine Science Institute, and the Research Center for Oceanography (RCO) of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) was a success indeed.

They identified more than 12 new species from over 12,000 specimens located.


In 2020, the team confirmed that they had identified a new species from the expedition and we don’t know how to feel about it. The species is a deep-sea cockroach or affectionately known as a Darth Vader Isopod

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