New Lobster Species Discovered

Dr. Jo Taylor from Museum Victoria, in Australia recently discovered two new species of squat lobsters. Squat lobsters typically live at great depths; deeper than 500 meters. Some even live at depths of 3,000 meters. They are distributed throughout the oceans, and there are over 800 species. Like a number of species with misleading names, they actually are not lobsters, but more closely related to crabs. Dr. Taylor said, “They’re affectionately known in the business as ‘squatties.’ They’re just everywhere, all over the world, and they’re often found in large numbers.” (Source: Museum Victoria)

The biology of squat lobsters is not known as much as some other species due to their widespread distribution, complex environments and a relative lack of commercial interest compared with real lobsters. A somewhat famous example of a squat lobster is the yeti crab, which was discovered at about 1,500 meters near Easter Island living near hydrothermal vents.

Fortunately the deeper situated squat lobsters are less easy to catch for commercial fishing outfits, so they are somewhat protected. Still, some of them are caught and sold in restaurants as langostino lobster, a name which adds even more confusion to the picture, as langostino actually refers to prawns. A langostino lobster would be a prawn lobster, which doesn’t seem to make such sense, especially if squat lobsters are really crabs.

Long John Silver’s faced controversy over their advertising of langistino lobster, because it led consumers to believe they were getting lobster at very low prices. There was enough of a kerfluffle about the situation, National Public Radio did a story about it.

Image Credit: Dr. Jo Taylor

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70 comments

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson4 years ago

thanks

Miss May
Ashley Piechocki4 years ago

Looks like a big red Crawdaddy!

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Very interesting. Thank you.

Bon L.
Bon L6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Allen Junette
Allen J6 years ago

That's Amazing! we have been finding lots of new species lately!

Allen Junette
Allen J6 years ago

that's amazing, were finding new species all the time nowadays!

Bill Benson
William Benson6 years ago

How do they taste?

Colin Hope
Colin Hope6 years ago

Amazing creatures,thanks.

moggy w.
moggy w6 years ago

we need all the species we can get. and to poster above, they look like giant bugs to me, too. tasted one once.

Roberto Vivas
Roberto Vivas6 years ago

I hope they are poisonous so that humans cant eat them...that would be a nice discovery..