New Deep Water Lobster, “Terrible Claw”
by Owen James Burke
Dinochelus ausubeli is a newly discovered deep water lobster first collected in the Philippine Sea off the island of Luzon in 2007, but only formally described in 2010. The species–more similar to a prawn at 10 cm long–was so different from any other lobster that a new genus, “Dinochelus,” had to be created (meaning “terrible” from the Greek “dinos,” and “claw,” from “chela”). The size of the new crustacean’s “terrible claw” almost makes you wonder if, at times, it isn’t just a bit inhibiting.