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UL Lafayette researchers discovered a new species of hermit crab in Gulf of Mexico, Cancellus heatherae, or Heather crab. The specimen now belongs to a massive collection of 100,000 specimens of 2,000 species of decapod crustaceans that the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History acquired from the University in 2018. (Image courtesy of Zootaxa, Magnolia Press.)

UL scientists discover new species of hermit crab in Gulf

Dr. Darryl Felder was searching for a mud lobster when he pulled a bag of crustaceans from his laboratory freezer in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Billeaud Hall.


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