Thursday, March 23, 2006

New Animal Resembling Lobster Found

AGRI-INFO/MARCH 23, 2006


TITLE: NEW ANIMAL RESEMBLING LOBSTER FOUND

ALAM BA NINYO NA NATUKLASAN NG ISANG TEAM NG AMERICAN DIVERS ANG BAGONG CRUSTACEAN SPECIES SA SOUTH PACIFIC NA ANYONG LOBSTER NGUNIT MERONG ITONG SILKY, BLONDE NA BALAHIBO.

AYON SA MGA SIYENTISTA, ANG NATURANG CRUSTACEAN NA PINANGALANAN NILANG "KIWA HIRSUTA" AY KAKAIBA SA IBA PANG SPECIES DAHIL SA BUMUO SILA NG BAGONG PAMILYA AT GENUS SA KANILANG KAURI.

ANG NATURANG HAYOP AY NATUKLASAN NG MGA DIVER SA KARAGATAN SA LALIM NA 7, 540 FEET SA LAYONG 900 MILYA SA TIMUG NG EASTERN ISLAND.
ANG BAGONG CRUSTACEAN NA ITO AY ISINALARAWAN SA JOURNAL NG NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY SA PARIS.

AYON KAY MICHEL SEGONZAC NG FRENCH INSTITUTE FOR SEA EXPLORATION, ANG PAMILYANG NABUO NG NATURANG CRUSTACEAN SPECIES AY TINAWAG NA KIWAIDA MULA SA PANGALANG KIWA - ANG DIYOS NG CRUSTACEANS SA POLYNESIAN MYTHOLOGY.

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A team of American-led divers has discovered a new crustacean in the South Pacific that resembles a lobster and is covered with what looks like silky, blond fur.

French researchers said the animal, which they named Kiwa hirsuta, was so distinct from other species that they created a new family and genus for it.

The divers found the animal in waters 7, 540 feet deep at a site 900 miles south of easter island last year, according to Michel Segonzac of the French Institute for Sea Exploration.

The new crustacean is described in the journal of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

The animal is white and just shy of 6 inches long - about the size of a salad plate.

In what Segonzac described as a surprising characteristics the animal's pincers are covered with sinuous, hair-like strands. It is also blind. The researchers found it had only "the vestige of a membrane" in place of eyes, Segonzac said.

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