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These cases only occur about four times every 100 years.

A mushroom-shaped marine animal discovered off the coast of Australia is challenging any classification on the species table.

A team of scientists from the University of Copenhagen say the tiny organism does not fit into any of the known subdivisions of the animal kingdom.

Such a situation has occurred in very few cases in the last 100 years.

The organisms, which were originally collected in 1986, are described in the academic journal Plus one.

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