A squat lobster, Gastroptychus cf. spinifer, resides on a black coral. Members of this genus always associate with gorgonian or antipatharian corals, and commonly are observed with their chelipeds (claws) spread, but because they live in deep, dark places, nobody knows why they do this.

A squat lobster, Gastroptychus cf. spinifer, resides on a black coral. Members of this genus always associate with gorgonian or antipatharian corals, and commonly are observed with their chelipeds (claws) spread, but because they live in deep, dark places, nobody knows why they do this. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2014 Expedition.

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