Any one who’s a fan of invertebrates, knows that sea slugs, also know as nudibranchs, are some of the best. To celebrate #Nudivember this month, today’s comic honors the Spanish Dancer nudibranch. Learn more in today’s comic: dancing dorid.
Keep the slug dance party going here.
Are you hungry? Not as hungry as these purple sea urchins! Recent research shows exploding urchin populations have munched their way through most of the healthy kelp forests of the California coast. Learn more about these kelp fiends and the damage they have caused in today’s comic: kelp clearers.
Hungry for more? Learn more about the study here or check out the actual study for yourself!
Hey NYC marathon runners, can you beat the world’s fastest ant – the Saharan silver ant?! Recent research shows that while these ants may have short legs, that doesn’t stop them from winning the race against their close relatives. Learn about these speedy ants in today’s comic: agile ants.
Race to learn more about these ants here, and check out the actual scientific study.
Happy Halloween folks! Keep a close eye on your pumpkins or the pumpkin bugs might give you a spooky surprise this Halloween. Learn more about those pesky pumpkin bugs and the damage they can inflict on pumpkins in today’s comic: pumpkin poachers.
Also, check out some more Halloween themed animals here.
BOO! It’s the ghost crab! Learn more about how the Ghost Crab scares away predators in today’s comic: ghostly growl
Check out the recent research that inspired today’s ghostly comic. Feeling ambitious? Read the actual scientific paper.
We’re getting close to Halloween…so let the annual spooky invertebrate cartoons commence! Learn more about the bone-eating zombie worm in today’s comic: bone binge.
Need to continue your bone binge? Learn more here.
You thought Houdini was a master escape artist? Check out the Houdini of invertebrates…the sea anemone, genus Stomphia. Learn more about these anemones that can swim away from hungry predators in today’s comic: anemone escape.
And check out this video to see Stomphia in action!
Guess who’s back? Sorry Eminem fans, it’s not Slim Shady… it’s the Olympia oyster, the official state oyster of Washington State. Learn more about restoration efforts of these native oysters in today’s comic: restored resident.
Also, anybody who knows me, knows I love geography trivia and state facts. Today’s comic is also in the first in a new series I’m calling “United States of Invertebrates” where I’ll be intermittently highlighting the stories behind invertebrates that are also U.S. state symbols. Get excited fellow nerds!
Still curious? Check out this article and this Seattle Times feature!
Think you are sharp? Not as sharp as these sea urchins. You probably know urchins have sharp spines, but did you know they have sharp teeth? Recent research shows that sea urchins have self-sharpening teeth. Thanks to my academic sister and urchin enthusiast Dr. Karen Chan for requesting this one. Learn more in today’s comic: sharp smile.
Learn more about the study here!
Are you trippin’? Because these snails definitely are. Or so it would seem. Learn more about the parasitic worms, called trematodes, that cause snails to loose their minds in today’s comic: trippy trematode.
Learn more about these crazy creatures here.