Researchers Discover Giant SEA COCKROACH in Indian Ocean

Researchers Discover Giant SEA COCKROACH in Indian Ocean

Researchers Discover Giant SEA COCKROACH in Indian Ocean
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Researchers from Singapore discovered a new species of cockroach at the bottom of Indian Ocean.

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The 14-legged giant cockroach was first seen in 2018 during an in-depth survey near the coast of Banten in Western Java in Indonesia. Two years later, the cockroach now has the name of “Bathynomus raksasa.”

According to the Indian Express, the creature seemed to wear the helmet of Darth Vader, the epic dark lord of Star Wars. Meanwhile, they refer to it as “supergiant” Bathynomus, the cockroach of the sea.

The scientists reported the discovery to Zookeys, a peer-reviewed open-access research journal.

The Bathynomus raksasa is a giant isopod in the genus Bathynomus. It is distantly related to crabs, lobsters, and shrimps. Further, they usually live in cold depths of the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans.

Researchers Discover Giant SEA COCKROACH in Indian Ocean
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The cockroach of the sea uses its legs only to crawl along the bed of oceans in search of food. It measures about 50 centimeters (1.6 feet) in length. In the report, isopods reaching 50 cm are referred to as supergiants.

In addition, only members of the isopod species exceeding raksasa in size are the Bathynomus giganteus. It is found usually in the western Atlantic Ocean.

The supergiant eats the remains of dead marine animals, such as whales and fish. It can live without food for a long period like a typical cockroach.