Texas titan

Happy New Years folks! Later this week I’m heading off to Austin, Texas for the annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting so today I’m releasing another comic in my “United States of Invertebrates” series. Since it’ll be my first time to the Lone Star State, I did a little research on the invertebrates that Texans are particularly fond of. In today’s comic: Texas titan, meet the Lightning Whelk, the official state shell of Texas!

Still interested? Learn more here.

endangered avenger

You know Iron Man, but do you know Iron Snail? That’s right. The scaly-foot snail, native to hydrothermal vent ecosystems, has scales that are iron-coated. But…that’s not why they’ve been in the news lately. They are the first animal to be listed as endangered due to the threat of deep-sea mining. Deep sea biologist Julia Sigwart, Queen’s University Belfast, led the project to get these snails listed as endangered. Learn more in today’s comic: endangered avenger

Learn more about this badass but endangered snail here.