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  • "I didn’t choose to find a new species of vent shrimp – it chose me. It was my first cruise for gathering material specifically for my masters thesis investigating how communities at deep-sea hydrothermal vents were structured. I was taking quantitative samples of mussel and snail beds for studying the role of foundation species in the vent community. Alvinocaridid shrimp are conspicuous members of these strange deep-sea environments and are found nearly worldwide. There are currently seven recognized genera. Alvinocaris lusca was the first to be described by the late Drs. Austin Williams and Fenner Chace Jr. in 1982 and this genus contains the most species, with 11 recognized species as of time of publication (2009). Alvinocaris literally means “Alvin’s shrimp”. Alvin is the name of the submersible that was used when the first hydrothermal vents were studied (lusca means “blinded”, referring to it’s degenerate, fused eyes), also made famous for being used to study the wreck of the Titanic."

    --"Shrimp Tails: Discovering a New Species" by Kevin Zelnio (

    February 26, 2012