Everyone’s favorite crabs are back in the news! Yeti Crabs! Those deep-sea beasties with hairy claws or chests! A new paper in Proceedings B led by Nicolai Roterman, the only person I know with a Yeti Crab tattoo, reveals the evolutionary past and home of the charismatic crabs. Shamefully, it doesn’t include anything about whether . . . → Read More: The Origins of Hairy Crabs
Remember the Hoff Crab? You bet your bippy you do. You can thank Nicolai Roterman for that. Nicolai, a hydrothermal vent biologist and a member of the expedition that found this hairy crab, coined the name Hoff Crab while still on board. To commemorate this very special event Nicolai’s sister watercolored the specimen caught on . . . → Read More: Hoff Crab + Tattoo = Awesomsauce
A Yeti crab found living at the Dragon Vent in the south-west Indian Ocean Photograph from David Shale On December 15th, I mentioned the exciting news from Jon Copley of the discovery of potentially new species of Yeti Crab. The Guardian has a photo gallery of the some of the creatures from the Dragon Vent . . . → Read More: Another New Yeti Crab! Pt II
Yeti crab clambers over a scaly-foot snail You heard here first people, another new species of Yeti crab may be out there! Jon Copley just sent this message along. Well hey, a couple of weeks ago we found yet more yeti crabs out here at vents on the SW Indian Ridge, different in morphology to . . . → Read More: Another New Yeti Crab!!??
Back in 2005, three researchers described and named a very unusual crab from a hydrothermal vent in the Indian Ocean (paper here). The scientists christened this crustacean Kiwa hirsuta from the name of the goddess of shellfish in Polynesian mythology and the Latin hirsutus meaning hairy. The later specifically referring some very hairy claws . . . → Read More: Yeti Crab Roundup