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Larval stickers <3

Marine invertebrate larvae are incredibly diverse.

Small sample of the diversity of larval forms
Sample of the diversity of animal larval forms. Larvae are not to scale. Photos from the Cifonauta database (Migotto and Vellutini, 2011).

They have all sorts of unique features—tentacles, lobes, bands of cilia, shells, bristle hairs, etc.—which they use to capture food, to swim, to protect themselves from predators.

Their morphology is functional. But also beautiful.

That’s why I was excited to discover these larval stickers made by Dexter Davis:

Larval stickers from NoDexterity.
Larval stickers Sheet 1 (left) and Sheet 2 (right) from NoDexterity.

They represent the larval diversity very well and are cutely drawn. A great biology-inspired design.

Now my laptop lid is filled with my favorite larvae:

Laptop lid with plenty of larval stickers.
Larval stickers from left to right and top to bottom: bipinnaria (pink), tornaria (light green), trochophore (orange), doliolaria (blue), zoea (yellow), cydippid (green), echinopluteus (purple), actinotroch (cyan), pilidium (light green), ophiopluteus (yellow), cyphonautes (green), parenchymella (beige), brachiolaria (red), veliger (purple), mitraria (cyan), tegulolopha (green), actinula (yellow), and auricularia (light orange). The other stickers are Fiji‘s logo, xkcd‘s science and citation needed, Darwin’s tree, Kurzgesagt‘s illustrations, Aygan‘s logo, WoRMS‘ logo, MPI-CBG‘s logo, and fruit flies.

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