This distinctive-looking, spiny squat lobster, seen here perched on a black coral, Umbellapathes, at 1493 meters depth in the Johnston Atoll Unit of the PRIMNM, is likely a new (undescribed) species in the anomuran family Chirostylidae. This squat lobster was seen a few times during the expedition but escaped all collection attempts.

This distinctive-looking, spiny squat lobster, seen here perched on a black coral, Umbellapathes, at 1,493 meters depth in the Johnston Atoll Unit of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, is likely a new (undescribed) species in the anomuran family Chirostylidae. This squat lobster was seen a few times during the expedition but escaped all collection attempts. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2015 Hohonu Moana.

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