Ugliest animals - Giant isopod

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Ugliest animals ever - Giant isopod

A giant isopod is any of the almost 20 species of large isopods (crustaceans distantly related to the shrimp and crabs, which are decapods) in the genus Bathynomus. They are abundant in cold, deep waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Giant isopods are a good example of deep-sea gigantism, as they are far larger than the "typical" isopods that are up to 5 centimetres (2.0 in). Bathynomus can be divided into "giant" species where the adults generally are between 8 and 15 centimetres (3.1 and 5.9 in) long and "supergiant" species where the adults generally are between 17 and 50 centimetres (6.7 and 19.7 in).

Although generalist scavengers, isopods are mostly carnivorous and feed on dead whales, fish, and squid; they may also prey on slow-moving animals such as sea cucumbers, sponges, ...

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