Wednesday, May 3, 2006

New crustacean discovered

This discovery was announced a few weeks ago, and now that I am procrastinating studying for my final exams I am finally getting around to posting about it. It's pretty fascinating, its name is Kiwa hirsuta and they've giving it not only its own genus but its own family as well, showing how different it is from any previously known animal.
It was discovered in the South Pacific, about 900 miles south of Easter Island, and apparently thrives near hydrothermal vents.
It looks like a blonde, furry lobster, and its hairs have specialized bacteria living in them. Makes you wonder what else is out there waiting to be discovered!

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