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Invertebrate of the Week #15 – Gorgonocephalus Basket Stars

The stars of the show this week are the wonderfully weird Gorgonocephalus basket stars.  Members of the Class Ophiurodea, these bizarre deep sea echinoderms are members of the same evolutionary group that brought us all … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #15 – Gorgonocephalus Basket Stars

Invertebrate of the Week #14 – Elysia chlorotica: a (possibly) “solar-powered” marine sea slug

Invertebrate of the Week returns with this emerald-colored stunner.  Meet Elysia chlorotica, often hailed as a “solar-powered marine sea slug” and affectionately named the “Eastern Emerald Elysia.” E. chlorotica inhabits the waters … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #14 – Elysia chlorotica: a (possibly) “solar-powered” marine sea slug

Invertebrate of the Week #13 – Habronattus Jumping Spiders

This ‘Invertebrate of the Week’ is posted in support of a crowdfunded research appeal involving these remarkable little spiders.  Learn more about how you can help! Jumping spiders (Family: Salticidae) are a remarkable group of animals … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #13 – Habronattus Jumping Spiders

Invertebrate of the Week #10 – Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii)

Meet the spectacular Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii) which hails from Africa. P. wahlbergii is a member of a polyphyletic group of mantises referred to as flower mantises which employ of … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #10 – Spiny Flower Mantis (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergii)

Invertebrate of the Week #8 – Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata)

Today we are featuring the beautiful metallic beetle Charidotella sexpunctata, also known as the Golden tortoise beetle.  These North American beetles are small, measuring approximately 5 – 7 mm in length and are … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #8 – Golden Tortoise Beetle (Charidotella sexpunctata)

Invertebrate of the Week #6 – Giant Green Sea Anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica)

If you’re a young seabird, this week’s Invertebrate of the Week is right out of your nightmares. A recent article in Marine Ornithology demonstrated that these flashy tide-pool denizens are capable of … Continue Reading Invertebrate of the Week #6 – Giant Green Sea Anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica)