Giant isopods and vampire squid are sooooo last year. I bet you’re even sleeping through the night now without imagining sixgill sharks tearing at your carcass. Fear not! Or should I say – FEAR MORE. I am here with an entirely new species to fuel your fevered nightmares. Meet the giant Antarctic scaleworm Eulagisca. Last . . . → Read More: New nightmare fuel: the giant scaleworm Eulagisca
John Bobbitt: Baby, this is not what I meant by “trial separation” Once upon a time in 1993, when I was imbibing my sophomore year at college in Australia – drinking in the knowledge, so to speak – I heard tell of a horrific crime, one that struck fear into the hearts and sub-heart-areas . . . → Read More: More annelid than anaconda
Each year the International Institute for Species Exploration announces a list of the Top 10 New Species for the preceding calendar year. Of the top 10 for 2009 are two deep-sea species. The Financial Times also list there top five deep-sea species. Very cool even if all of them are vertebrates. Bombardier Worm, Swima bombiviridis . . . → Read More: The Best New Species of 2009
Oh Hai! I iz a deep see wurm! kthankxbai Say hello to my little fried… In fact, this guy is so small you might have missed if you didn’t use the right sieve mesh size! So small, that they are best viewed as a scanning electron micrograph (SEM) image like the one on the right. . . . → Read More: New Species Friday 10/30/09 – Ophryotrocha fabriae
Christopher Taylor at the Catologue of Organisms (one of the handful of blogs I rush to when I see an update in my Reader!) has a post on a really unique reproductive strategy in polychaetes, called epitoky, in the awesomely titled My Genitals Just Grew Eyes and Swam Away. Its quite astonishing, especially the bit . . . → Read More: It Must Be “Hump” Day in the Blogosphere
Errant polychaete from a Pacific coast kelp holdfast; filmed during an Invertebrate Zoology lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
From National Geographic’s new Translucent Creatures photo gallery: A hydromedusa spreads its luminescent tentacles in the Weddell Sea near Antarctica. Photograph by Ingo Arndt/Minden Pictures. This medusa is like totally coming at me like a spider monkey with those nunchuk tentacles. Meet some of its friends below the fold! . . . → Read More: Friday Deep Sea Picture: Ninja Hydromedusa!