Scientists love to group things. We also like to name things. We also like to plot data on bivariate graphs. On really crazy nights, we let our hair down, well not me per se but other scientists with hair, and do all three. 90% of science is grouping, naming, and plotting. If you don’t know . . . → Read More: Who likes protandric hermaphrodites?
From Matzke-Karasz et al. 2009. A. Zenker Organ, a specialized organ modified from the vas deferen that serves asa pump for giant sperm. B&C The heavily coiled giant sperm with anteriour (an) and posterior (po) ends shown. Barnacles may have big penises but ostracodes of the superfamily Cypridoidea have giant sperm. Ostracode range are mostly . . . → Read More: 100 Million Year Old Giant Sperm
Sea urchin offspring have one of the coolest names in the plankton. They’re called “pluteus” larvae. Yet, according to this narrator, urchins don’t know or care for their progeny. They’re a by-product of the motion in the ocean, baby. That’s just how they roll… . . . → Read More: Are sea urchins bad parents?
Below is all of Season 2 of Green Porno. All of Season 1 and behind the scenes videos can be seen at the Sundance Channel. Anglerfish Whale Limpet Compatibility Between Penises and Vaginas Seastars Barnacles . . . → Read More: TGIF: Green Porno with Isabella Rossellini
Post by Jon Copley. Dr. Jon Copley is a lecturer in marine ecology at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK. He is also director of SciConnect Limited, a company providing training in science communication and media skills. Jon is an avid deep sea explorer and studies the reproductive ecology of deep sea invertebrates, especially . . . → Read More: Sex At Vents: Lights On or Off?
Wallace J. Nichols is a sea turtle biologist and marine conservation activist affiliated with the California Academy of Sciences, Ocean Revolution, and the Sea Turtle Network, among others. J’s blog is dedicated to new beginnings and fresh ideas, especially among young people. Green turtles mating in Sipadan, Malaysia. Photo by Petter Lindgren at Flickr. There . . . → Read More: Sea turtles get it on, and on, and on…
In an upcoming paper I have in press with colleagues, we are describing 4 new species of Anemone form hydrothermal vents in the western Pacific. When taking thin sections to describe the histology of one species of Chondrophellia sp. nov. we found it chock full of ova! Photo of Chondrophellia sp nov at 100x. Containing . . . → Read More: Got Gonad?
Post by Amanda “not a sponge” Kahn. Amanda Kahn is currently a masters student at well-known Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, considered to be one of the west coast’s premier marine stations. Despite still being in her masters, she is quickly becoming the “go-to” person for deep-sea sponges. Let’s start off “sex week” with the steamy . . . → Read More: “Sleezy” sponge sexuality
A. manni, picture courtesy of C. Mah Post from Chris Mah, purveyor of all echinoderm. Dr. Christopher Mah is a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois and conducts reasearch on the biodiversity, biogeography, evolution, and ecology of Asteroidea. Despite his short . . . → Read More: The Sand Dollar Love Shack: A Special Echinoblog to DSN
From the video, “It’s known as penis fencing, and the worms are the swordsmen” Potentially NSFW if having the word the penis said a dozen times over your computer speakers will cause issues.