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Discovery of a new species called ‘Bathynomus raksasa’.

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    21st Jul, 2020
  • Researchers from Singapore confirmed the discovery of a new species.
  • Discovered in the eastern Indian Ocean in Bantan, off the southern coast of West Java in Indonesia in 2018
  • It is a giant isopod in the genus Bathynomus. The giant isopods are distantly related to crabs, lobsters, and shrimps (which belong to the order of decapods) and are found in the cold depths of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.
  • It measures around 50 centimetres (1.6 feet) in length.
  • It is the sixth supergiant species from the Indo-West Pacific and is one of the largest known members of the genus. The discovery takes the number of known giant isopods to 20.
  • It is a scavenger and can survive for long periods without food.
  • The discovery will contribute towards increasing knowledge about the deep.

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