Marine invertebrate larvae are incredibly diverse. 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: They […]
Currently listening to 2 Hours Of Squid 🦑 from the Krill Waves Radio by the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Great episode about mud dragons with María Herranz in the New Species podcast: — Post featured image by Alvaro E. Migotto, Fabiane Gallucci, Gustavo Fonseca, Maikon Di Domenico. Kinorhynch. Cifonauta image database. Available at: http://cifonauta.cebimar.usp.br/media/10461/
The InverteFest is here. A moment to celebrate the overlooked diversity of invertebrates around us. I’m re-posting a video I made for the Cifonauta account on Instagram showing different marine invertebrates moving around under the microscope. Enjoy! Invertebrate Gallery Check the gallery below to find out the identity of each marine invertebrate in the movie […]
The latest True Facts about Sea Stars is unmissable. The video is filled with delightful echinoderm biology and even covers some recent discoveries on these enigmatic creatures. Watch it!
Today, I discovered that bryostatin—a promising bioactive compound extracted from bryozoan colonies with potential medical applications for Alzheimer’s, cancers, and HIV therapy—is actually produced by bacterial symbionts:
Cifonauta, our image database for marine biology is 8 years old today! Almost 12k photos and videos annotated with species names, geolocation, habitat, life mode, microscopy technique and more. Visit: http://cifonauta.cebimar.usp.br Follow: @cifonauta
All sorts of worms live a Life Between Grains #WormWednesday Fantastic production by CEBIMar, @Maik2DD and others.
Every master has humble beginnings. Ribbon worms or nemerteans are predators. They use a proboscis full of toxins, sometimes with sharp stilets or creepy branching patterns, to paralyze their prey and swallow them whole. The eversion of the proboscis has an interesting mechanism. It is based on muscular power and pressure in the cavity where […]
Swallowed Whole – a comb jelly preying on a comb jelly. Just awesome! #ctenophora