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Friday, March 10, 2006

French researchers find new species (to eat?)

Kiwa hirsuta is a newly discovered species of lobster that is blind and blond-haired. This deep sea creature was found 2.3km below the surface of the ocean and 1500km south of Easter Island. It is so morphologically different from related species it has been given its own taxonomic family (though lets look at its DNA before we get too excited). Unfortunately for this little critter it is already being refered to in the same sentence as a salad plate by the Associated Press:

The animal is white and 15 centimetres long - about the size of a salad plate.


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