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The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World

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Image of the Week #112 October 8th, 2013:


From: The Smallest and Deadliest Kingslayer in the World by Becky Crew at Running Ponies.

Source: GondwanaGirl

Discovered and named in 2007, Malo kingi, also called the Common Kingslayer, is an extremely venomous, very small sea jelly. It is named after Robert King, a Nestlé research scientist from Ohio, who died after being stung by several of these cnidarians off the coast of Australia.



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  1. 1. zackbass 4:07 pm 10/17/2013

    So this is the smallest, AND it is also the deadliest? Seems like an amazing coincidence.

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  2. 2. bucketofsquid 5:34 pm 10/17/2013

    Smaller critters tend to have the strongest venoms. Probably because the smaller they are the more they need a strong venom defense.

    When you think of all of the deadly things in or around Australia, it seems amazing that they still choose to live there. Then you realize just how big Australia is and how dispersed the deadlies are and it doesn’t seem that bad.

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  3. 3. zhaoxiaozhu 1:23 pm 10/23/2013

    It can make us think deeply why it is so small but has the rank poison?Is this initiate the cascade reaction

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