11 thoughts on “Name That Animal

  1. Eight legs = arachnid. Hmm. I don’t see any large front claws, so it can’t be a lobster or crawfish. If microscopic (the environment looks so foreign), it can’t be a bed bug; I think they have 6 legs. Ticks have 8 legs, I believe, but are more round or oval in shape. I think Lisa B is onto something with louse — some kind of mite, perhaps?

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  2. Honestly, I have no clue. I keep coming back to look, and every guess I’ve made, there’s something wrong with it – its legs are too bristly, there’s no visible claws, it’s not pudgy enough, it’s not named George. Something. But, it looks more like a Pacific lobster than anything else to me and I remember there *was* a new species described a couple years ago, so that’s my wild guess.

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  3. ANSWER TIME

    This is a giant isopod, specifically: Glyptonotus antarcticus. From Wiki:

    A giant isopod is any of the almost 20 species of large isopods (crustaceans distantly related to the shrimp and crabs, which are decapods) in the genus Bathynomus. They are thought to be abundant in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
    […]
    Their morphology resembles that of their terrestrial cousin, the woodlouse: their bodies are dorso-ventrally compressed, protected by a rigid, calcareous exoskeleton composed of overlapping segments. Like some woodlice, they also possess the ability to curl up into a “ball”, where only the tough shell is exposed. This provides protection from predators trying to strike at the more vulnerable underside.

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