Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Yeti Crab

Kiwa hirsuta
The Yeti Crab, or Yeti Lobster, is a relatively new species as far as human discovery is concerned. Scientists discovered this interesting little crustacean in 2005, hanging out in waters 7,540ft (2,300m) deep.

Located in waters south of Easter Island, the Yeti Crab is incredibly unique. So unique, that an entire new family has to be created for it! This is quite a remarkable tidbit, as most new species found are able to fit comfortably into pre-existing taxonomic groups.

But wait there's more! We haven't even discussed the Yeti Crab's most remarkable feature: the furry arms! These arms support colonies of bacteria that the crab may cultivate for food. Another theory is that the crab carries the bacteria around to counteract the toxic chemicals that spew from sea-floor vents. Scientists aren't totally sure yet on either count.

We still have much to learn about the Yeti Crab, and countless other species that are new or yet to be discovered.

IUCN Status : Not Listed
Location : South Pacific
Size : Length 6in (15cm)
Classification : Phylum : Arthropoda -- Subphylum : Crustacea -- Class : Malacostraca
Order : Decapoda -- Family : Kiwaidae -- Genus : Kiwa -- Species : K. hirsuta

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