The giant deep-sea isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) can grow to a whopping 16 inches (41 cm) and sports magnificent compound eyes. Here, light reflects off the eyes’ tapetum, a reflective tissue behind the retina.
Image courtesy of Bioluminescence Team 2009, NOAA-OER.
This giant isopod is a representative of one of approximately nine species of large isopods (crustaceans related to shrimps and crabs) in the genus Bathynomus. They are thought to be abundant in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Bob Carney of LSU caught this specimen in one of his deep-water fish traps. Image courtesy of Expedition to the Deep Slope 2006, NOAA-OE
Deep Sea Creatures: Giant Isopod (Bathynomus giganteus)
The giant isopod is a crustacean (in the order Isopoda, with roly-polys and pill bugs) that lives at the bottom of the ocean and is related to shrimp, lobsters, and crabs. But unlike their insect cousins, giant isopods can grow to be more than 16 inches (40.6 cm) long. (text via: Live Science)
… may be one of approximately nine species of large isopods (crustaceans related to the shrimp and crabs) in the genusBathynomus. They are thought to be abundant in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic.Bathynomus giganteus, the species upon which the generitype is based, is the largest known isopod and is the one most often referred to by the common name “giant isopod”…
Giant isopods are of little interest to most commercial fisheries owing to the typical scarcity of catches and because ensnared isopods are usually scavenged beyond marketability before they are recovered. The species are noted for resemblance to the common woodlouse or pill bug, to which they are related. The few specimens caught in the Americas with baited traps are sometimes seen in public aquaria…
Related to shrimp and crabs, the giant isopod is a deep-sea crustacean that makes its home on the ocean floor. It is the largest of the known isopods, which on land includes the relatively tiny pill bug. (via: National Geo)
blackkittenclan: Deep Sea Isopods (Bathynomus giganteus) are gigantic isopods that live on the sea floor in certain parts of the world, including the Gulf of Mexico. They have an oblong body, four sets of jaws and very large compound eyes. At maturity, they can grow up to 18 inches in length and weight up to three pounds. They live at depths 1,200 feet or greater.
“Related to shrimp and crabs, the giant isopod is a deep-sea crustacean that makes its home on the ocean floor. It is the largest of the known isopods, which on land includes the relatively tiny pill bug.”