What is a Yeti Crab? Yeti Crab Information

yeti crab

What is a Yeti Crab?

Yeti crab is a marine creature that lives near the thermal vents in the ocean floor where hot water pours into the sea. As the beast lives solely in the dark, there is no color pigmentation present making the yeti crab appear white, and also, the eyes of these creatures are not fully developed, which makes them virtually blind.

What Does a Yeti Crab Look Like?

Yeti crab is a squat lobster and also known as a furry lobster. This bizarre-looking crab has a blond shaded hair-like structure called Satae. These hairs cover their leg up to the claws. The main body of these specie has a smooth surface. That features a slightly oblique front edge; there are small teeth that are located near the rostrum.

When was the Yeti Crab Discovered?

The yeti crab was first discovered by the group of scientists in the year 2005. It was an off Easter Island in the hydrothermal vents along the Pacific-Antarctica Ridge on the ocean floor. The second species were discovered in 2006, and four more have followed since and until the fifth in the year 2013.

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Yeti Crab Size:

The size of a yeti crab is around 6 inches, and it weighs between 2 to 5 pounds.

Scientific Classification of Yeti Crab:

Following is the taxonomy or scientific classification of yeti crab-

Infra OrderAnomura
Family Kiwaidae
Genus Kiwa
Species Kiwa Hirsuta
yeti crab classification

What are Yeti Crab Predators:

Octopus and fish are considered as the primary predators of the yeti crab.

Interesting Yeti Crab Facts:

• The species have three nicknames that are often used instead of their actual name- yeti crab, yeti lobster, and furry lobster.

• Its name comes from the hairy and bristly appearance that simulates the legendary snow monster yeti.

• Yeti crabs farms its food on its arms.

• The deep-sea habitat of the yeti crab had an impact on the development of the creature.

• It is believed that the common Hermit crab is a close relative.

• The yeti crab name officially comes from the mythology. The Polynesian Goddess of shellfish named Kiwa. 

• The yeti crabs live in tiny hydrothermal envelopes with up to 600 crabs per square meter.

• The unusual living conditions of the yeti crab have helped in its adaptation of its surroundings.

• Scientists believed that the claw hair called setae are very likely sensors that assist the nearly blind creature in finding food and a mate. 

More about yeti crab :

• Some evidence suggests that yeti crabs will eat other animals.

• The brain of the specie is small but can control many different internal systems.

• Bacteria on the hairy claws of the yeti crab may serve another purpose other than resulting as a food source.

• The reproductive system of the yeti crab is small and determined.

• Four known species of the yeti crab exists in different marine locations. The Pacific Antarctica ridge, the east Pacific, the east scotia ridge, and the Australian-Antarctic Ridge. 

• The scientific name of these four species are- Kiwa Hirsuta, Kiwa Puravida, Kiwa Tyleri, Kiwa Araneae. 

• As there is not much known about these deep-sea creatures, their conservation status is unknown. They are not widespread as their habitat is in around the hydrothermal vents that occur naturally on the seafloor.

• They do not appear to have any apparent threats other than more giant deep-sea creatures that may prey on them. Water pollution can cause damage to their habitat in some way; the difference in the temperature may have an impact on the population of these species. 

About Yeti Crab Lifespan:

The average lifespan of yeti crab is between 10 to 20 years. 

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