Scientists Find The First Species Of ‘Yeti Crab’ In Antarctica

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Scientists Find The First Species Of ‘Yeti Crab’ In Antarctica

A group of researchers has found the first species of white, hairy ‘Yeti crab’ in the hydro-thermal vent systems of the East Scotia Ridge, Antarctica. It has been named Kiwa tyleri after renowned British deep-sea biologist Paul Tyler. It lives in vast communities around hot vents in the sea floor, in extremely high densities of 700 crabs per meter.

Yeti crab has adopted to a limited size habitat

Sven Thatje of the University of Southampton and lead author of the study, said that the Antarctic Yeti crab is trapped in its warm-water hydro-thermal vent site by the cold polar waters in the surrounding sea. Three species of Yeti crabs are known, and now for the first time, the characteristics of K. tyleri has been described in the journal PLOS ONE.

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