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March 8, 2006

Truth stranger than fiction: Hirsute crustacean

There are weird and wondrous creatures dwelling in the depths of the sea. BBC News today had this story of a lobster/crab-like creature living along the deep thermal vents of the South Pacific. A crustacean so unique -- with silky hairs along its arms -- that a whole new taxonomic family name was created for it. This creature has been dubbed Kiwa hirsuta. According to the article, Kiwa is "the goddess of crustaceans in Polynesian mythology," and the hirsuta refers to it's hirsute quality.

Random thoughts:
• In the picture, this creature looks like one of those long-armed toy monkeys -- a rally lobster in the making?
• Goddess of crustaceans, eh?

Posted by rigd0003 at March 8, 2006 11:02 AM | Science! | Weird


That's one cool cralobsterb!
I wonder why it's hairy? Seems like it would just cause problems underwater.

Posted by: Allanimal at March 9, 2006 3:44 PM

Hmmm, thank god they live in the depths of the sea, and don't come crawling down my walls in the night, or dangling from silken threads to nip at my heels!

Posted by: naomi at March 9, 2006 5:52 PM