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by Katie the Lowly Intern As a kid, I was always interested in bioluminescence: So I can’t really pass up the chance to post about beings that can produce their own light. Marine biologists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have been playing around with bioluminescent fireworms. Odontosyllis phosphorea Dimitri Deheyn and…

Barry the Coral Ripper

For the last few months, a killer stalked the streets of Cornwall… or more specifically, the water of Cornwall, and even more specifically, the living reefs exhibit at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium. Day after day, aquarists would return to the award winning exhibit, only to find once healthy coral ripped apart – in some cases…

Of Moles and Men (and worms)

“Worm grunting” is a curious but popular practice for harvesting earthworms in Florida’s Apalachicola National Forest. To summon earthworms to the surface, worm grunters drive a wooden stake into the soil and vibrate it. Panicked worms pour out of the ground and thousands can be gathered in just a few hours. Lifelong worm grunters (and…

Zooillogix would like to take a moment to introduce you to Parborlasia corrugatus, a proboscis worm residing in the waters of Antarctica. We should note that we were inspired to learn more about these cute little fellows from this outstanding pic we saw on Ugly Overload. Photo credit Jeff Miller P. corrugatus grows up to…

Giant Blue Earthworms and Friends

Via a circuitous route, prompted by a friend of Zooillogix, Tweet Gainsborough-waring, I found myself looking at the picture below. This otherworldly Australian earthworm, Terriswalkeris terraereginae, not only looks likes delicious candy, but the mucin it releases is luminescent, and it grows up to 2 meters long. I knew Zooillogix readers would want to know…

Intestinal Parasite Caught on Tape!

Today, Zooillogix takes you deep inside Benny’s colon to reveal a writhing round worm! NOT FOR PEOPLE WITH WEAK STOMACHS Ladies – Here’s a tip. Benny is just as cute on the outside as the inside! Thanks to Craig McClain for sharing?

The Truth About Gummy Worms

Buddenbrockia plumatellae Discovered in 1851, the Buddenbrockia worm has long confounded scientists–it seems like a worm, but has some very unworm-like characteristics. Unlike similar looking creatures, such as nematodes, the Buddenbrockia’s body does not have separate organs. Its insides are totally symmetric. According to Professor Peter Holland of Oxford University,Aeos Department of Zoology as quoted…

This month marks Carl Linnaeus’ 300th birthday and biology textbooks still look much the way he imagined they should. Linnaeus is the father of the ranking system of classifying the living world. You might remember kingdom, phylum, class, order, genus, species from the back of your hand in 9th grade biology class. Indeed, this system…

Scientists are “baffled” by the discovery of a strange worm-like, serpentine creature off the cost of Juno Beach in Florida. Diver Jay Garbose caught the 7-10 foot creature on film as it slithered around the ocean floor. Watch his astonishing video footage.Unidentifiably delicious! Garbose has dubbed the beast “the living intestine” because of its smooth,…