Kevin Zelnio…New and Improved…Now With 30% More Shrimp!


Kevin described a new species today. What have you done?

KZ is now among the scientifically published. Occurring this week in the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington is “A new species of Alvinocaris (Crustacea: Decapoda: Caridea: Alvinocarididae) from hydrothermal vents at the Lau Basin, southwest Pacific, and a key to the species of Alvinocarididae“, Kevin’s very first published paper!  I might add here that I am rather impressed that his first paper also happens to be description of a new species.  This new species is not just some uncharismatic, minute, amorphous organisms live in the muck of the seafloor…like the ones I study.  No ladies and gentlemen this is a real contender for charismatic megafauna.  Zelnio and Hourez describe an new species of Alvinocaris, an abundant an important shrimp globally at hydrothermal vents.  A. komaii is bigger and more probably more bad ass than all the other Alvinocarids.  Of course bad ass is hard to quantify, you just know it when you see it, and there are much better defining features, notches and spinules, but KZ can tell you all about that.  But Zelnio and Hourdez don’t stop there with a description of new species.  Oh no boys and girls, you also get a a pratcial guide to to all the species in the family with localities.  But now for a limited time, they are also offering a molecular phylogeny of the group.

Seriously though, your first published scientific article is a thing of pride and a very special time.  Raise your glasses…and drop a line here congratulating Kevin.

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (, connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

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12 comments on “Kevin Zelnio…New and Improved…Now With 30% More Shrimp!
  1. Well done, KAZ. Congratulations! An auspicious start to what surely will be a great academic career. I shall spend the rest of the day trying to get “alvinocaridids” into a conversation.

  2. Thansk everyone! It was a great experience taking this project to completion. I enjoy doing taxonomy and hope to make a career out of it. I plan to give the background to this paper soon. Stay tuned!

    My next paper will also be published this month too. More on that later!

    • lol BG, It felt like lately I had serrations on the dorso-anterior, but I realized that I hadn’t washed my hair in a while…

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