Ifremeria nautilei and friends in the western Pacific. Image from Marum.
Last week, I published my last research exploring the communities that live around hydrothermal vents in the Western Pacific. Check the succinctly named Comparative Population Structure of Two Deep-Sea Hydrothermal-Vent-Associated Decapods (Chorocaris sp. 2 and Munidopsis lauensis) from Southwestern Pacific Back-Arc Basins! If that’s a bit too dense for you, check out the summary over at my other blog:
And learn about the incredible, delicate creatures that thrive at one of the planet’s most bizarre ecosystems.
Squat lobsters, Munidopsis lauensis, from the Encyclopedia of Life.
Could there be a better title for a paper about dancing yeti crabs? That was rhetorical. The answer is obviously no.
In Dancing for Food in the Deep Sea: Bacterial Farming by a New Species of Yeti Crab, Thurber and friends looked at the feeding behavior of the deep sea’s most adorable anomuran. This species of yeti crab—Kiwa puravida—farms bacteria on its claws by waving them through the chemically enriched fluid of a methane seep. The result? Deep-sea squat lobsters the dance for their dinner.
Confusingly, yeti crabs are squat lobsters, which are neither crabs, nor lobsters.