I don't know what the hell these are…..

December 12, 2011

but I’m pretty sure they are invading

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  1. Nat Says:

    That’s it, we’re fucked.


  2. So this is how the zombie apocalypse begins?


  3. proflikesubstance Says:

    They’re a type of urchin, dude. #fuckingmammalbiologists


  4. Are they not crown-of-thorns starfish?


  5. proflikesubstance Says:

    No, those have five legs and distinct “thorns”. These are radially symmetric with spines.


  6. proflikesubstance Says:

    And damnit, before someone else points it out, urchins only appear radially symmetric on the outside, but actually have the same symmetry as the sea stars they are related to. #fuckingnonechinodermbiologists


  7. Mongo Says:

    Wiki tells me it’s a Shingle Urchin.


  8. Natalie Says:

    Lookee now, PLS gets on twitter and now he’s hashtagging all over the place.


  9. D. C. Sessions Says:

    The first one looks familiar


  10. bystander Says:

    I keep looking at these two beautiful pictures showing echinoderms in their environment. I thought that they are “anĂ©monas” but I never saw them blue. The anemonas I know are red. But what is most interesting is the blueshis color that the rocks take mimicking anemonas footprints. I was wondering whether the rock blue staining is part of the mineral composition of those rocks and anemonas have developed blue color as an adaptation to that environment or is something transient associated with anemonas’s excretory activity to confuse predators and/or some way of marking their territories. It is anyway a beautiful post very suggestive.

    My natural vision is not precisely a high resolution one, even with glasses. So, it might be that my interpretation of the pictures is a little imaginary.


  11. drugmonkey Says:

    Shingle Urchin it is. K Zelnio pointed me to http://t.co/X42hyJzB


  12. bystander Says:

    Thanks. Obviously my glasses are old.


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