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Post by Dragon Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:16 pm

A giant isopod is any of the almost 20 species of large isopods (crustaceans distantly related to shrimp and crabs, which are decapods) in the genus Bathynomus.

They are abundant in the cold, deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

Bathynomus giganteus, the species upon which the generitype is based, is often considered the largest isopod in the world, though other comparably poorly known species of Bathynomus may reach a similar size (e.g., B. kensleyi).

The giant isopods are noted for their resemblance to the much smaller common woodlouse (pill bug), to which they are related


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Deep sea creatures. A giant isopod (Bathynomus) and red deep-sea shrimp at Tokyo Sea Life Park, Japan.


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Post by Dragon Fri Mar 26, 2021 8:20 pm



On November 30, 2017, during the first dive of the Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition, we saw this giant deep-sea isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) at a depth of ~810 meters (2,660 feet).

Measuring nearly 30 centimeters (almost one foot) long, these giant isopods are a great example of deep-sea gigantism, as most isopods in the deep sea are much smaller, about the size of your thumbnail.


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