How to move house like a
boss hermit crab
I have never had an arthropod make me giggle so much! Also, having never seen the process before, I’m fascinated by the unexpected grace of the hermit crab.
Hermit Crabs [superfamily Paguroidea] aren’t “true” crabs [infraorder Brachyura]. They lack a complete exoskeleton, their abdomen is squidgy [hence the need for a shell], and are more closely related to squat lobsters and porcelain crabs.
The beast in the photo is Rocky, a 40-inch lobster that was caught in Maine. He was released back into the wild yesterday.
He weighed a ridiculous 27 pounds (12.2kg) at the time of his capture.
That’s roughly the size of a 3-year-old child.
What a lump of Lobster! Hope he’s scuttling happily around.
Did you know that barnacles have the biggest Penis:body size ratio of all animals? It can grow up to 40 times the size of its body.
The question I’ve always wondered is where does he keep it? All rolled up?
Spiny Porcelain Crab (Neopetrolisthes spinatus)
Porcelain crabs are filter feeders. They have feather-like mouthpart appendages (third maxillipeds) that they wave about to capture planktonic food.
Golden tortoise beetle [Charidotella sexpunctata] by Chime Tsetan
They can change color, looking initially like tiny jewels, or golden ladybugs, but can alter the reflectivity of the cuticle so the outer layers become clear, revealing a ladybug type of red coloring with black spots. This color change is accomplished by microscopic valves controlling the moisture levels under the shell.
deep sea isopod
fuck this shit i’m out
Everything is better, down where it’s wetter…
I had a visit from a handsome Jumping Spider last night.
Stilt-legged Fly in my garden in Philippines.
Zanzibar Whip Coral Shrimp (Dasycaris zanzibarica) by Rory Ferguson.
These commensal shrimp typically occur in pairs, with the female twice as large as the male.