I'm heartened by the discovery not just because it’s a beautiful sea star, but more so that it was made from a combined effort of nature volunteers, government officials as well as a renowned scientist. All three parties whom are stakeholders working hand in hand for the betterment of
Publication of a subsequent news article on this discovery means everyone want a piece of the action. Many are eager to get associated, no matter how remotely, with this sea star. Working overtime editing the many drafts to satisfy all parties, the article was successfully published within a few days. For reasons known only to the perpetrator(s), the discovery also set off a series of flaming and argument on the Internet over basic taxonomy and even on the expertise of Dr. Lane. This has now resulted in what I can only best described as an uneasy truce among people working towards the same goal of marine conservation. How can we help nature when her very guardians are at odds?
Being previously found only in waters off eastern
In retrospect, P. mammillatus had not only reinforced my love for nature’s possibilities but also gained me further insights into the different shades of human nature. Humans are after all nature’s child too.
Pictures taken at:
Clark, A. M. & F. W. E. Rowe, 1971. Monograph of the Shallow-Water Indo-West Pacific Echinoderms,