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Wonderful Things: The Starry Night Beneath the Caribbean Sea

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One of the most astounding events of my life was immediately preceded by one of the scariest: I turned out my dive light in the ocean at night.

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Tiny, Ancient Crustacean Preserved in Fool’s Gold, Legs, Eggs and All

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Once upon a time there lived a little crustacean inside a little shell. This is not a usual state of affairs for a crustacean. Most are clad in figure-hugging armor (like lobsters or crabs), but they don’t live inside clam-like shells. This one was different. It had both armor and a hinged shell. Inside her [...]

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Wonderful Things: The Pugnacious, Alien-esque Skeleton Shrimp

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This is the fifth post in the Wonderful Things series. This creature is not an insect, nor something you need to worry about exploding from your chest. It’s a crustacean called a skeleton shrimp, and it’s only a few millimeters long. This particular skeleton shrimp is Liropus minusculus, a new species of Caprellid Crustacean discovered [...]

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Cute Isopod ISO Sweet Beach. Likes: Sand. Dislikes: Grooming

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Pandas, lions, and elk and their ilk often find their way onto the covers of conservationists’ marketing materials. But I think relying exclusively on big furry animals (industry codename: charasmatic megafauna) means they are missing out on some potentially awesome spokes-creatures. Take this little guy. How can you resist that face? And his requests are [...]

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The Attack of the Giant Water Bug

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In the creeks and ponds of the world — including America — lives an insect that can reach four inches long and bears a pair of giant pincers and a beak for injective digestive enzymes into its victim. It goes by the name giant water bug. This is what it does for a living. What [...]

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A New Weapon in the War on Frog Chytrids: Water Fleas

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It’s no secret that frogs and toads in the Americas, Australia, and Europe have suffered extinctions and massive declines at the hands of a chytrid fungus on a global genocidal rampage. What is much more of a mystery is exactly what a chytrid fungus is. Or, for that matter, what to do about it. I [...]

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