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The Census of Marine life is the gift that keeps on giving. Here are the latest pics of some new species they’ve discovered at the bottom of the ocean.

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A blind lobster from the genus–Thaumastochelopsis

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Sweet new comb jelly

More below the fold…

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Ampelisca mississippiana – a new kind of amphipod

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New species of squat lobster

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Adorable new pebble crab

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A new species of shrimp, seen here standing on a yellow worm (they both eat the same marine plants)

Read more about these species on nationalgeographic.com.

Comments

  1. #1 Pat
    November 14, 2008

    Didn’t the B52’s do a song about the Squat Lobster? ;-D

    I also would like to officially place my order for a dozen “Adorable pebble crab” please.

    Thanks for the lovely pics of new stuff. Always a treat.

  2. #2 Tamison
    November 14, 2008

    Comb jellies!! I do love those pretty bags of snot.

  3. #3 ym
    November 14, 2008

    Wondrous!

  4. #4 Katie
    November 14, 2008

    These are all obviously fake. The things don’t even have eyes.

  5. #5 mr_subjunctive
    November 14, 2008

    @Pat:

    Heh. “Squat Lobster” was my first thought too.

  6. #6 somebody
    November 14, 2008

    Katie:

    Well, let’s see: it’s the bottom of the ocean, there is not much light, so who would need eyes?

  7. #7 Christopher Taylor
    November 14, 2008

    Didn’t the B52’s do a song about the Squat Lobster?

    Ding ding ding ding ding-a-ding-ding…

    Curse you! Do you realise how hard that tune is to dislodge from your brain?

    That Thaumastochelopsis is pretty impressive – is that really a pair of massively asymmetrical chelae?

    A new species of shrimp, seen here standing on a yellow worm (they both eat the same marine plants)

    Marine plants, or the crinoid they’re both sitting on (and looking pretty well camouflaged against) in the photo?

  8. #8 Katie
    November 14, 2008

    You wouldn’t need eyes if your were FAKE either.

  9. #9 Christopher Gwyn
    November 14, 2008

    ‘Rock Lobster’, not ‘Squat Lobster’. See http://www.absolutelyrics.com/lyrics/view/b-52s/rock_lobster/

  10. #10 Alan Kellogg
    November 15, 2008

    Let us keep in mind that Katie is new to reality and hasn’t made the adjustment.

  11. #11 Zelly
    November 15, 2008

    Curious question: Why is it that so many creatures at the ocean floor are white (or are they simply translucent?) It seems that in the darkness it would a disadvantage to be a color that so catches any light. Or is it something about a lack of need for pigment?

  12. #12 Pat
    November 15, 2008

    I know the lyrics. It was a joke…a play on words. But thanks for the info. :-)

    I am really enjoying the “fake things that don’t need eyes” debate. ;-) This is one of the best websites ever.

  13. #13 David Schwartz
    November 16, 2008

    So does that squat lobster really only have 5 legs or is one hidden?

  14. #14 katie 2.0
    November 17, 2008

    Pigmentation is required to protect an organism from UV rays, and various other sun-incurred rays. Aquatic life far from the sun’s penetration does not require pigmentation. Pigmentation becomes a useless, energy-consuming metabolic process, so it was lost through evolution to these guys. Besides, these guys are only shiny and obvious to us because a light is shining on them. :) I’d be willing to trade my pasty complexion for a nifty fluid, boneless body!

  15. #15 Andrew B
    November 17, 2008

    Here’s a surprising fact: Benny doesn’t have eyes either! Rather, he “sees” with his acute sense of smell using scent receptors on his thighs.

  16. #16 Amanda
    November 17, 2008

    The squat lobster does have the right number of legs. The last pair is usually tucked up into the thoracic cavity in Anomurans.

  17. #17 Depigmentation
    November 18, 2008

    There is a close relation in the pigmentation of skin and melanin substances in human skin. Such relationship also exist in other organism too.

  18. #18 zay?flama šay?
    November 20, 2008

    It seems that in the darkness it would a disadvantage to be a color that so catches any light.

  19. #19 Zelly
    November 21, 2008

    To clarify, I meant from bioluminescent predators. Although I guess that doesn’t make a great deal of sense either…since there is very little light, does that mean creatures have great eyesight to cope or terrible eyesight since there’s nothing to see? *head explodes*

    Thanks Katie for the pigment response. :-)

  20. #20 be?i bir yerde
    November 23, 2008

    Aquatic life far from the sun’s penetration does not require pigmentation. Pigmentation becomes a useless, energy-consuming metabolic process, so it was lost through evolution to these guys.

  21. #21 toni
    June 14, 2009

    what is the “creature” ANDREW has as his profile pic?? thanks

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