A group of hot vent crabs

Hot vent crabs

Hot vent crabs are only found around hydrothermal vents, hydrothermal seeps and submarine volcanoes on the ocean floor. They have evolved to deal with the extreme conditions found in these hostile environments, such as very high temperature, high acidity in the water and potentially toxic levels of metals and gases. They were first scientifically described in 1980.

Scientific name: Bythograeidae

Rank: Family

Common names:

Vent crabs

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