Thursday, February 24, 2011

February 24, 2011 : Blind Lobster

Blind Lobster

This blind lobster, discovered in 2008 during a Census of Marine Life expedition, was given the scientific name Dinochelus ausubeli, which is derived from the Greek dinos, meaning terrible and fearful; chela, meaning claw; and ,ausubeli, in honor of Jesse Ausubel, a co-founder of the Census of Marine Life.

The lobster likely uses its exaggerated claw, or cheliped, to defend against other crustaceans.

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