You probably have a plan for the zombie apocalypse….but what’s your plan for the pycnopodia ‘pocalypse?
Newly published research by Dr. Drew Harvell (Cornell University) and team has determined that populations of the Sunflower Sea Star have been decimated by disease and warming waters up and down the west coast of North America. Learn more about the plight of the Sunflower Stars in today’s comic: pycnopodia ‘pocalypse
Read more here. Or here. Or here. Feeling really ambitious? Read the actual scientific article.
Brace yourself…chitons have some crazy teeth! Learn more about the super strong magnetic teeth of chitons in today’s comic: magnet mouth.
Thanks to chiton researcher and enthusiast Rebecca Varney, University of Alabama, for inspiring today’s comic. Still interested? Check out Rebecca’s research on chitons and how they make their teeth.
Swipe right! Stag beetles don’t mess around when it comes to love. Learn more about how stag beetles fight each other for a date in today’s comic: beetle battle
Read more about stag beetle research and watch a real life beetle battle here.
Are you feeling lonely? Talk to George (the snail, not the tortoise).
Today’s comic, snail struggles, honors the world’s loneliest snail, a Hawaiian tree snail, who was the last of his species.
Learn more about the plight of endangered Hawaiian tree snails here and the Snail Extinction Prevention Program that is trying to help.
You know what they say – it’s inner beauty that counts. And these sea stars definitely shine from the inside out!
Researchers Mo Turner and Cassandra Donatelli at Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington have started an initiative to CT scan all sea stars to learn more about what they look like on the inside and what that can tell us about their structure and ecology. Learn more about this project in today’s comic: #ScanAllStars
Want more? Follow #ScanAllStars on twitter to see the latest from this project newly introduced at this year’s Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting.
Happy New Year folks! Thanks for sticking with me on this invertebrate journey through 2018 – here’s to more spineless fun in 2019!
Need a fresh new start for the new year? Try molting. If that doesn’t work just get inspired by today’s new comic: makeover molt to learn more about how tarantulas shed their exoskeletons in order to grow into bigger better versions of themselves.
Can’t get enough? Watch this video of tarantula molting in action.
Is your holiday light display as good as those in the deep sea? Probably not.
Despite being a dark place, the deep sea if full of beautiful light created by the animals that live there. Check out today’s comic: festive fanfare to learn more about this common characteristic of many marine animals.
Need more info? Learn more about bioluminescence here.
Happy Holidays from Interviews with Invertebrates!
‘Tis the season be jolly, especially if you are a Christmas tree worm…or is it? Learn more about these seasonally appropriate worms in today’s comic: a cranky Christmas.
Need more Christmas tree worm info? Read more here and watch these festive worms in action!
What’s brown and sticky? A stick insect of course! Learn more about these masters of disguise in today’s comic: stick it
Pretty in-tree-guing huh? Learn more here.
Definition: “Ship shape” – neat and orderly.
Definition: “Shipworm shape” – full of holes and a damn mess.
Oregon Institute of Marine Biology REU student Tiffany Spendiff studies those pesky but cute wood-burrowing shipworms and their appetites for different types of wood. Check out today’s comic, ship shape to learn more about shipworms.
Want to know more? Check out Tiffany’s blog from her summer research.