it is said that animals found are very similar to the helmet of Darth Vader
Going to the bathroom, some inhabitants of the ground floors of apartment houses see before you fled in different directions of woodlice (Oniscidea). These crustaceans are creatures with antennae and seven pairs of legs love moisture, so settle in human dwellings and inspire fear as its not the most pleasant kind. But did you know that at great depths of the seas and oceans they inhabit a giant copy of the — isopods? They feed sank to the bottom with remains of fish and marine mammals, and since their appearance on our planet millions of years passed. His appearance they resemble the aliens and cause genuine interest of scientists. Recently, at 1000-meter depth of the Sunda Strait (Indonesia), was discovered a new species of isopod, which was given the title Bathynomus raksasa. Their appearance it resembles the helmet of Darth Vader from the fictional universe of "Star wars".
A new science of the living organism on the official website of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). Expedition into the depths of the Sunda Strait that connects the Indian ocean with the Java sea Pacific ocean was carried out in 2018. However, found on the bottom of the Strait was fully investigated only recently. The most interesting denizen of the deep Bay was the aforementioned the isopod Bathynomus raksasa. According to scientists, his head with big eyes reminds the helmet of Darth Vader. See for yourself — personally, I have a special affinity do not see, and you?
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Whatever it was, isopods are very interesting creatures science with a rich history. They were first discovered in 1879 by French zoologist Alphonse Milne-Edwards. He described the view of the isopod Bathynomus giganteus, a male which was caught by the crew of the ship "Blake" in 1877. the opening of this unusual creation has caused a great interest in all society, because previously it was thought that at great depths, few are able to survive on the bodies of animals there is a lot of pressure.
Bathynomus giganteus is the largest isopod in the world
Currently, there are about 15 species of isopods. The largest of them is the aforementioned Bathynomus giganteus, the length of the body which may reach 76 centimeters — if they even grew up a little bit, they would be metre creatures! Almost all isopods feed on remains of dead fish and marine mammals that fall on the bottom from the top. But if fell not, isopods may have slow animals like sea cucumbers and sponges.
A New isopod Bathynomus raksasa is only slightly inferior in size to the largest representatives of the species. The researchers were able to describe the male body length is 36 inches and the female, the body length of which is equal to 29 centimeters. According to the author of the scientific work of Connie Margaret Sideblock (Conni Margaretha Sidabalok), from other types of the new species differs in body size, head shape and characteristics of the lower body. In particular, we are talking about the appearance of the antennas on the head and spikes on the tail.
Look at isopod from the top
The New discovery is considered important at least for two reasons. First, the discovery of a new species is always a remarkable event in the history of mankind. Second, the new finding proves the rich biodiversity of Indonesia. On the territory of this Asian country is home to a huge number of living organisms that are not found in other regions of our planet. The main thing now is to provide all these creatures with a good accommodation without the plastic waste, air pollution and . Unfortunately, at the moment humanity copes with this task very well.
This is not the only such news lately. Regular readers of our website probably already know that Finnish scientists recently discovered a new species of spider on the back of which shows the face of the Joker from the same movie 2019. He was named after actor and conservationist Joaquin Phoenix about his contribution to the fight for animal rights can be .