Kiwa puravida (yeti crab)
Kiwa puravida (Crustacea: Decapoda: Kiwaidae) male holotype: (A) dorsal view. (B) ventral view. Scale bar = 10 mm.
English: Kiwa puravida (Crustacea: Decapoda: Kiwaidae) male holotype: (A) dorsal view. (B) ventral view. Scale bar = 10 mm.
Date 30 November 2011
Author Shane Ahyong
Kiwa puravida is a species of deep-sea dwelling decapod, a member of the genus Kiwa, a genus of animals sometimes informally known as "yeti crabs". Kiwa puravida was discovered living on the 1,000-metre (3,300 ft) deep sea bottom off the coast of Costa Rica in 2006 by Andrew Thurber, William J. Jones and Kareen Schnabel. The only other members of its family, Kiwa hirsuta, and the Hoff crab, or Kiwa tyleri, are crabs with similarly hairy claws. Order: Decapoda, Infraorder: Anomura, Family: Kiwaidae, Genus: Kiwa, Species: Kiwa puravida Thurber, Jones & Schnabel, 2011