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The Artful Amoeba

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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The Artful Amoeba

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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The Artful Amoeba

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 Artful Amoeba

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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The Artful Amoeba

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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Culturing Science

The Epic Battle of Crab vs. Crab

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Fiddler crabs are strange little beasties. Males have what amounts to one giant claw, which can be as long as his body is wide, and one tiny T. rex arm that looks quite out of place on a crab. Recently, a researcher wrote a blog post about why fiddler crabs have such an enormous claw [...]

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Thoughtomics

Terrestrial hermit crabs only smell their favourite snacks when water is around

Terrestrial hermit crabs love peanut snacks, but can only smell them when it's wet. Illustration Irene Goede

The Caribbean hermit crabs in Anna-Sara Krång’s laboratory are no picky eaters. They are eager to gobble down any fruit, nuts, fish or coconut flakes that comes their way. But above all else, these culinary connoisseurs prefer peanut flips. These snacks are always the first to disappear down their gullets when feeding time comes around. [...]

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