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Ausubel's Mighty Clawed Lobster
Dinochelus-ausubeli-2
Information
Range Coast of Luzon in the Philippines.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Nephropidae
Genus Dinochelus
Species Dinochelus ausubeli

The Ausubel's mighty clawed lobster, (Dinochelus ausubeli), is a new species of small deep-sea lobster that was discovered in 2007 in the Philippines during the Census of Marine Life and described in 2010 in the new genus Dinochelus.

Description

The Ausubel's mighty clawed lobster has a carapace length of around 31 millimetres (1.2 in), and is in life mostly translucent white, with reddish pink colouring near the middle of the carapace, on the tail fan, on the antennae, and on the first pereiopods (including the claws). Its two claws are very different in size, are elongated, and bear many long teeth on the inner surface.

Distribution and Discovery

The Ausubel's mighty clawed lobster is only known from its type locality, 15°56′N 121°45′E, off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines. It was found by trawling at a depth of around 250 metres (820 ft) in 2007, as part of the Census of Marine Life, a major effort to document marine life in the first decade of the 21st century. It was described in 2010 by an international team of scientists.

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