24 Feb 2023

Critter of the Week: NZ vent crab (Gandalfus puia)

From the collecton Critter of the Week

This week’s critter is a crabby geezer who loves a geyser. The NZ vent crab or grumpy Gandalf crab, Gandalfus puia, is an eyeless crustacean that thrives in the toxic, high temperature environment of deep-sea hydrothermal vents. 

The grumpy Gandalf crab

The grumpy Gandalf crab Photo: supplied