23 August 2011
Tuesday Crustie: Don’t mess with the front or the back
Stomatopods, like this one, Chorisquilla hystrix, often feature in this recurring feature because their are pretty photogenic. As do the photographs of Arthropoda blogger Mike Bok, because he takes damn good photos. (Really, he should be doing a Tuesday Crustie series, not me.)
But what is most astonishing about this particular one is an extravagant back end (known in the crustacean biz as the telson):
An astonishing array of protuberances! What might they be for? In his Flickr photostream, Mike notes this is the first one he’s seen in three years, and a Google Scholar search for the species yields a paltry seven hits, almost all taxonomic surveys. None seem to be promising leads for hints on why the back end of this beast is so extravagant.
Photos by Michael Bok on Flickr; used under a Creative Commons license.