Welcome to the Contemporary Museum of Invertebrate Art, where the invertebrates (and the blog posts) are a thing of beauty.
Here for a limited time, the exhibitions in our gallery will fascinate, entertain, and enlighten. From every corner of the globe, from rising stars to masters, come take a look around at what we have on display this month.
On loan from another museum, The Museum of Curiosities, Tom Clarke has on exhibit Symbiosis. He shows a mauve stinger jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) and a larval fish that seems to be using the jellyfish as both protection and food. Classic, guns and butter from one source.
Craig, another blogger from Deep Sea News, wonders How Many Deep-Sea Nematodes Are There & Why We Many Never Know. As he correctly points out, we are losing species faster than they are being named.
Dave Ingram at Dave Ingram's Natural History Blog is doing some Slug Name Dropping. He gives some helpful characteristics for recognizing the reticulate taildropper (Prophysaon andersonii) and the yellow-bordered taildropper (Prophysaon foliolatum).
At Deep Sea News, Miriam finds that Female snails in Australia are just happy to see you. But not just any snails, these gastropods have undergone a little change called imposex.
And speaking of early naturalists, check out The Cephalopoda, an amazing collection of color illustrations by Carl Chun, a Leipzig University Professor of Zoology, who in 1898 went on the Valdivia Expedition. Thanks to Craig at Deep Sea News for bringing it to our attention in his post Cephalopod Art.
LATE BREAKING NEWS!
Did you know that Friday, October 8 is International Cephalopod Awareness Day? Well, it is! This month's festivities will be hosted by Danna Joy Staaf at the Cephalopodiatrist blog.
Zen Faulkes explores the gorging behavior of wolf spiders (Schizocosa ocreata) in Eat ‘til you can’t eat no more: Evolution of the pig-out at NeuroDojo. Some of the photographs are not for the faint of heart, or perhaps, the faint of stomach.
Peggy at Everyday Biology experienced a Stinkbug Invasion She identified them as painted bugs (Bagrada hilaris), also called the Bagrada bug. It is a new, invasive species originally from East and Southern Africa.
What are dragonflies doing at the beach? Rebecca of Rebecca in the Woods asks that question when she finds common green darner and black saddlebags dragonflies (working on their tans?) in her post Dragonflies Amongst the Dunes.
Here at Wild About Ants, I have Objects on Harvester Ant Mounds.
Scienceguy288 (aka Kazimierz Lebowski) discovers some Creepy Crawlies in the Rainforest: 7/25/10—94F—57%H—TFI at Science & Soul. He encounters a wild caterpillar, some incredible spiders, a cicada, a tarantula, and several non-invertebrates. It's a virtual tour of the rainforest for those of us stuck at home.
Have you ever seen a trashline orb weaver (Cyclosa turbinata) stabilimentum? John Callender of CARP Without Cars has that interesting spider and much more in his post Coyote Brush Blooming at the Bluffs.
For Some recent arthropod photos, Michael Bok at Arthropoda has been using a reverse-mounted 50mm, and getting some awesome macro shots. He has a daddy long legs, ambush bug, dragonfly, wolf spider and young spiders. At another post he has some shots of one of my personal favorites: Mantis Shrimp, Pseudosquilla ciliata.
Nothing is better than exploring a tidepool. John (aka Kind of Curious) has shots of starfish, mussels, barnacles and more in his post Tide Pools at Rialto Beach. He also discusses why members of the same species of starfish are different colors.
And finally, sneaking into our invertebrate world with a chordate, Zen Faulkes at NeuroDojo shares that adult sea squirts may eat their brains (or not) in the intriguing Eating your own brain: Ocean of Pseudoscience repost.
Circus of the Spineless is a monthly collection of blog posts about any and all things invertebrate. If you would like to participate in the November 1, 2010 edition, send your links to Cephalopodcast at cephalopodcast (at) gmail(dot)com by the end of October.
Centipede in peat marshlands of Kawai Nui, O'ahu, Hawai'i photographed by Eric Guinther and released under the GNU Free Documentation License at Wikimedia.
Blue sea squirts by Nick Hobgood retrieved from Wikimedia.
Firefly was photographed by art farmer from Evansville, Indiana, USA and retrieved from Wikimedia.
The remaining photographs were my own.