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This is a mesopelagic amphipod from the genus Cystisoma. Based on the elongate first antennae, this beast must be Cystisoma latipes (Stephensen, 1918) or C. gershwinae Zeidler, 2003. The wedge-shaped head in lateral profile indicates the former. C. latipes is not widely reported but appears to be pan-oceanic in lower latitudes and has been recorded from the western Indian Ocean. It is almost transparent, the only pigment is the eye. These are large amphipods: this specimen is probably about 50 mm in length.
|Date:||08 August 2013|
|Classification:||Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods) > Class Malacostraca (Crabs, krill, pill bugs, shrimps, prawns) > Order Amphipoda (Amphipods)|
|Site:||Indian > Indian Ocean > East Africa > Pweza-3|
|Countries:||East Africa > Tanzania|
|Habitat:||Benthic boundary zone|
|Rig:||Deep Sea Metro I|
|Project Partners:||BG Group, Oceaneering|
|Notes:||original video in HD.|
|Deposited By:||Dr Andrew Gates|
|Deposited On:||18 August 2015|
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