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Doug Sanders

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I found this on the Web today- it's an entirely new crustacean that was found 7500 ft below the sea. It would be a funny carving.

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Hi Doug,

 

That picture of crustacean is absolutely beautiful. Could you give some information regarding it's dimentions?

 

Best regards.

 

 

dagistanli.

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PARIS - A team of American-led divers has discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blond fur, French researchers said Tuesday. Scientists said the animal, which they named Kiwa hirsuta, was so distinct from other species that they created a new family and genus for it.

The divers found the animal in waters 7,540 feet deep at a site 900 miles south of Easter Island last year, according to Michel Segonzac of the French Institute for Sea Exploration.The new crustacean is described in the journal of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

The animal is white and just shy of 6 inches long — about the size of a salad plate.

In what Segonzac described as a "surprising characteristic," the animal's pincers are covered with sinuous, hair-like strands.It is also blind. The researchers found it had only "the vestige of a membrane" in place of eyes, Segonzac said.The researchers said that while legions of new ocean species are discovered each year, it is quite rare to find one that merits a new family.

The family was named Kiwaida, from Kiwa, the goddess of crustaceans in Polynesian mythology.The diving expedition was organized by Robert Vrijenhoek of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California.

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PARIS - A team of American-led divers has discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blond fur, French researchers said Tuesday. Scientists said the animal, which they named Kiwa hirsuta, was so distinct from other species that they created a new family and genus for it.

The divers found the animal in waters 7,540 feet deep at a site 900 miles south of Easter Island last year, according to Michel Segonzac of the French Institute for Sea Exploration.The new crustacean is described in the journal of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

The animal is white and just shy of 6 inches long — about the size of a salad plate.

In what Segonzac described as a "surprising characteristic," the animal's pincers are covered with sinuous, hair-like strands.It is also blind. The researchers found it had only "the vestige of a membrane" in place of eyes, Segonzac said.The researchers said that while legions of new ocean species are discovered each year, it is quite rare to find one that merits a new family.

The family was named Kiwaida, from Kiwa, the goddess of crustaceans in Polynesian mythology.The diving expedition was organized by Robert Vrijenhoek of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California.

 

Hi Doug,

 

Thank you very much for sharing this information with all of us. It's some thing I've never heard of before neither have I seen the picture of! Creation is amazing! especially under microscope. I bet you'll see a lot of interesting creatures to carve if you take a close look at your skin under an electon microscope (of course if you can get a hold of one!) after a short sun bath on sand or the dust which comes out of your vacume cleaner, you'll see some animals which are ready to eat any thing they can get their pincers or jaws on, just out of a horror film!

 

I will post some of those pictures, taken under electron microscope if I can scan them, but it will be after a month from now though!

 

 

Thanks again for the picture and the information you've provided!

 

ekrem.

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