Beauty from the Abyss

by Lena Menzel


This beautiful lady from the abyss measures about 1 mm in length. She belongs to one of the most abundant families of sediment dwelling copepods (crustaceans) in the deep sea.
This species, described in 2011, is one of the first deep-sea species for which extremely wide geographical distribution across Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Ocean abyssal plains is reported.
The image was taken with a Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope (CLSM) from a Kongo-Red stained animal.

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