Ribbon worms are decidedly terrifying. Don’t cross one or you’ll get KO’ed just like this nereid worm. Thanks to ribbon worm expert and enthusiast Audrey Falconer for the request! Check out today’s comic to learn more about how ribbon worms attack their prey.
New segment: ‘Interviews with Invertebrates…within Vertebrates”. I didn’t know birds could get lice but thanks to bird guy, Dave Slager (PhD student, University of Washington), I now know all about feather lice and so do you. Learn more in today’s comic: lice lineup.
And vertebrate people… don’t feel left out, if you have a favorite vertebrate let me know about the invertebrates that live in and around it! #inclusiveness
Hold on to your head folks….your mind’s about to be blown! Or not, if you’re an acorn worm.
Acorn worms are capable of regenerating many parts of their body, including their head! This Wednesday’s comic, headless hemichordates, was inspired by last week’s Friday Harbor Labs seminar given by Dr. Billie Swalla (University of Washington) about acorn worm regeneration research done in her lab in collaboration with former student Dr. Shawn Luttrell.
Check out this article and video to learn more about these fascinating worms.
Hydrothermal vents in the deep sea are remote environments on the ocean floor…or are they? Thanks to expeditions like the VISION’S research cruises (University of Washington, Dept of Oceanography) to Axial Volcano off the coast of Oregon, these environments are becoming better understood.
Learn more about hydrothermal vents and the instruments that marine scientists use to study them in today’s comic: hydrothermal hot tub
How about a red card for the invasive green crab? As we approach the world cup final match, what better way to celebrate than with some invertebrates! Invasive European Green Crabs are providing some tough competition for native North American species challenging them for food and habitat. Learn more in today’s comic: crab cup
Learn more about the European Green Crab and get involved in monitoring efforts with the Crab Team
I hope everybody is kicking back with a cold beer and enjoying a relaxing Fourth of July…ostrocod style!
I was inspired this week by the research of Todd Oakley’s lab at UC Santa Barbara on the unique bioluminescent mating displays of ostrocods (very cute marine crustaceans). Learn more about these animals in today’s comic: firework flirt.
Itching for some more ostrocod info? Check out this article!
Last week, I learned about the upside-down jellyfish, of the genus Cassiopea, from Dr. Monica Medina (Penn State University). Cassiopea has symbiotic algae in its tissues which helps the jellies get the nutrition they need. The Medina Lab has been using Cassiopea to study how host organisms interact with their symbionts throughout different stages in their life. Learn more about Cassiopea in today’s comic: jealous jellies
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.