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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Deep Fried Shrimp!

Kevin gets published!

After a three year gestation period, Kevin, and co-author Stephane Hourdez' 20 page paper "A new species of Alvinocaris (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Alvinocarididae) from hydrothermal vents at the Lau Basin, southwest Pacific, and a key to the species of Alvinocarididae." is out in the wild!

In it they describe a bigger, oranger species of alvinocaridid, Alvinocaris komaii, discovered in the Lau Basin of the South Pacific. I always love species description papers and this one does not fail to delight with wonderful holotype illustrations including details of the distinctive telson and dactyli of some of the pereopods . They also discuss the new species place in the whole Alvinocaris genus, and oh yes, a dichotomous key of all known species of Alvinocarididae!

I'm really impressed with the paper and with species description, molecular evidence and dichotomous key it is very complete! Awesome job.

So, I take it A. komaii was named for Tomoyuki Komai of Natural History Museum and Institute in Japan?


  1. Yep! The species is named after Tomo for all his important and comprehensive contributions to this family of vent shrimp. I am proud to be the one honoring him with this shrimp.

  2. Awesome!
    An excellent name and honorable namee and namer.
    Did you do the illustrations?

  3. My coauthor did Fig. 2A and 2B. We both did Fig. 2C, 2D, 3A, 3B. I did all other drawings in Fig. 2,3,4,5. :)


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