Kiwa hirsuta

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Kiwa hirsuta
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Crustacea
Class: Malacostraca
Order: Decapoda
Family: Kiwaidae
Macpherson, Jones & Segonzac, 2006
Genus: Kiwa
Macpherson, Jones & Segonzac, 2006
Species: K. hirsuta
Binomial name
Kiwa hirsuta
Macpherson, Jones & Segonzac, 2006

Kiwa hirsuta is a crustacean that was first found living on the Pacific Ocean floor at 7200 feet deep, 900 miles south of Easter Island in March 2005. It is about 6 inches long, or 15 centimeters. It looks a little like a crab, but its long arms are covered with yellow fur that looks like silk, so its discoverers, from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Insititute, named it the Yeti Crab or Yeti Lobster. But it is so different from other crustaceans that it was given its own scientific family, Kiwaidae.

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