Despite its name, squat lobsters are most closely related to hermit crabs and mole crabs, not lobsters. We have seen them in a variety of colors during this cruise and past cruises, but the white ones seem to be a more common occurrence at deeper depths.

Despite its name, squat lobsters are most closely related to hermit crabs and mole crabs, not lobsters. We have seen them in a variety of colors during this cruise and past cruises, but the white ones seem to be a more common occurrence at deeper depths. Image courtesy of NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs.

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Animals of the Deep Sea

Océano Profundo 2015: Exploring Puerto Rico’s Seamounts, Trenches, and Troughs

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer