●1st super giant isopod species in the eastern Indian Ocean : ‘Bathynomus raksasa’
•Recently, scientists have reported the discovery of the first super giant isopod species in the eastern Indian Ocean named ‘Bathynomus raksasa’.
•It has been described as the ‘cockroach of the sea’.
•A team of researchers from Singapore discovered it while exploring waters of the Indian Ocean in Bantan, off the southern coast of West Java in Indonesia in 2018
•Isopods are marine invertebrates (animals without backbones) that belong to the greater crustacean group of animals, which also includes crabs and shrimp.
•It has 14 legs but uses these only to crawl along the bed of oceans in search of food.
•It measures around 50 cm in length, which is big for isopods, which normally do not grow beyond 33 cm
•The only member of the isopod species that exceeds the raksasa in size is the Bathynomus giganteus, which is commonly found in the deep waters of the western Atlantic Ocean.
•As a scavenger, it eats the remains of dead marine animals, such as whales and fish, but can also go for long periods without food, a trait that it shares with the cockroach.
•It is the first recorded species of the genus Bathynomus from Indonesia.
•It is the sixth ‘supergiant’ species from the Indo-West Pacific, and is one of the largest known members of the genus Bathynomus.
•It’s discovery will contribute towards increasing knowledge about the deep sea