Bilbo Baggins shrimp
WHAT IS IT?
This stumpy little crustacean, less than a centimetre long, is distinguished by the plentiful hairs adorning its walking legs. It has been named Odontonia bagginsi after the famous hairy-footed Hobbit.
WHERE IS IT?
Collected off the island of Tidore in Indonesia, it was found living inside the body of a sea squirt – appropriately bijou accommodation for a Hobbit. It’s not yet known what the crustacean feeds on or whether it provides its host with any favours in return for shelter. Bilbo’s nemesis Smaug the dragon is already honoured in the scientific names of African girdled lizards, a Patagonian shield bug and a Madagascan ant.
This hairyfooted ‘Hobbit’ has swapped Bag End for a sea squirt.