sea urchins and amphipods

Gustav Paulay (Curator at the Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida) told me about these cool amphipods that live on sea urchin spines. Not just on sea urchin spines, but on their own poop strands they shape to extend those spines. And they live there with their kids too. Yes, you read that right. They make poop tightropes to live on with their whole family.

Don’t believe me? Learn more about these little guys here and check out today’s comic!

Thanks Gustav!

ladybugs and wannabes

Ladybugs are to The Plastics as the Ladybug Mimic Spider is to Lindsay Lohan.

I’m sure ladybugs are actually very nice, but I’ve exploited their ecology for a laugh. I’m sorry, I hope they’ll forgive me.

Learn more about ladybugs and the spiders that want to be them in today’s comic: mean ladies

Learn more about mimicry in nature here and check out this video to learn more about the Ladybug Mimic Spider.

You go Glen Coco!

city slickers

Being from NYC, I can understand how the Giant Pacific Octopus has a taken a liking to urban areas.  Recent studies (Heery et al., 2018) have shown that these octopuses are more common in deep water around cities, likely because they colonize all the sunken junk offshore.  Learn more in today’s comic: city slickers

Thanks to Eliza Heery, National University of Singapore, for the inspiration.  Also be sure to check out her new TEDx talk on her research about urban marine areas!

For those who want the nitty gritty, check out Eliza’s paper!

dung, du-dung, dung, DUNG!

Guess what…it’s my 30th comic! To celebrate, a dung beetle tribute to The Beatles. And also the first terrestrial invertebrate to be featured on Interviews with Invertebrates. Dung beetles have some famous eco-friendly habits making them a suitable invertebrate for wishing you all a Happy Belated Earth Day! Check out today’s comic: a beetle road

Also, catch a few dung beetles in action: BBC Earth – Kung Fu Dung Beetles

 

intimidating invertebrates

What’s the scariest marine animal you can think of? A shark? Think again.  Many different kinds of marine invertebrates like snails, jellyfish and octopuses have venom they use to paralyze their prey.  Learn more in today’s comic: venomous villains

 

To learn more about the venomous villains featured in today’s comic:

Cone snails – National Geographic: Cone Snails

Box Jelly- National Geographic: Box Jellies

Blue ringed octopus – Ocean Conservancy: Blue-Ringed Octopus