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Giant Isopod

Bathynomus giganteus

Range: They are thought to be abundant in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Habitat: They live on the mud or clay bottoms of the oceans at a depth ranging from 550 feet to 7000 feet.

Size: Isopods reach about 16 inches in length.

Diet: They feed on carrion.

Conservation Connection:Giant isopods are not usually fished commercially, although some Asian restaurants do serve them boiled with rice.

Did you know? Giant isopods are related to pill bugs on land. Like their land counterparts, Isopods can also roll into a ball to protect their soft underside.

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