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Kiwa hirsuta
Kiwahirsuta
Information
Common Name Yeti Lobster and Yeti Crab
Range South Pacific Ocean
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Kiwaidae
Genus Kiwa
Species Kiwa hirsuta

Kiwa hirsuta is a crustacean discovered in 2005 in the South Pacific Ocean. This decapod, which is approximately 15 cm (5.9 in) long, is notable for the quantity of silky blond setae (resembling fur) covering its pereiopods (thoracic legs, including claws). Its discoverers dubbed it the "yeti lobster" or "yeti crab".

Identification

Kiwa hirsuta was discovered in March 2005 by a group organized by Robert Vrijenhoek of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Monterey, California and Michel Segonzac of the Ifremer and a Census of Marine Life scientist using the submarine DSV Alvin, operating from RV Atlantis. The discovery was announced

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