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Hot Molting Action

In this nightmarish time lapse video, a gentle spider crab is internally consumed by a terrifying angry red spider crab who then dispenses of the empty husk of its former host. … or maybe its just molting Thanks to our Asian friend Kangatron for sharing.

Training Circus Lobster

I cannot train my dog Mathman not to pee on the damned carpet but New England Aquarium’s senior trainer, cryptically known simply as “Erin”, can teach a lobster to score higher on the GRE than me. As some readers of this blog may know, I have long been concerned with growing Lobster / Human tensions…

Lobster Knife Fight

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Four Clawed Mutant Lobster

We (I) here at Zooillogix have a thing for lobsters. It involves Belgium, pasta tongs, and a Dutch boy named Lourens. I’ll leave it at that. Anyway, this mutant lobster was pulled out of the briny depths near Newport, RI earlier this month. Lobsterman Patrick Marks sometimes releases lobster “when they look at him funny”…

The Census of Marine life is the gift that keeps on giving. Here are the latest pics of some new species they’ve discovered at the bottom of the ocean. A blind lobster from the genus–Thaumastochelopsis Sweet new comb jelly More below the fold…

Riddle of the Y-Larvae

A fascinating article in Livescience reveals the answer to a century-old zoological mystery: what do y-larvae grow up to become? Discovered in 1899, y-larvae are clearly young crustaceans but their adult stage could not be determined. While this in itself was perplexing, the newly discovered answer is even more startling: y-larvae metamorphosize into “simple, pulsing,…

Japan Has a Bug Problem

But I just want to cuddle! Bathynomus giganteus In what might be described as the world’s most destructive termite problem, Hotboro Island is actually being eaten away by isopods only about an inch long. Isopods are not in fact insects, but primitive crustaceans ranging in size from the size of a pin to the size…

Sea Monkeys on Steroids

Triops australiensisWhere the hell were these things when I was a kid? Triops are small crustaceans in the class branchiopoda, that grow quickly and massively, reaching three inches or longer at full size. Their external appearance has apparently not changed since the appearance of Triops cancrifromis, 220 million years ago in the Triassic Period. This…

Don’t look at me, I’m hideously bloated! Researchers at Ben-Gurion University in Negev, Israel, have identified whiteleg shrimp as the only known species where the male has a reproductive cycle or “period.” The male whitelegs–actually a type of prawn–generate two sperm packets per month which they attach to their female mates during reproduction. If, however,…