Wednesday, March 15, 2006

 

Divers discover exotic crab

Search for deep-sea vents nets new crab family:

"A blind white crab bristling with hairs has been wrested from the deep, named, and slotted into the family tree of crustaceans.

...Using Alvin, Segonzac had netted a white crab he thought might intrigue Jones from the periphery of a newfound hydrothermal vent.

'It was huge,' recalls Jones. 'It was seven inches long, and eyeless and hairy. We all realized it was really different, but we didn't have any specimens to compare it with, or DNA techniques on board to analyse it.' "

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