Info about creatures found in Nouvian’s book, The Deep, and DK’s Ocean The Defintive Visual Guide
Hello fellow Marine Biologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some fascinating sea creatures. Now, grab your scuba suits, and let’s dive!
- Crown-of-thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci) Length: Up to 20 in Depths Found In: 3-65 ft In tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Ocean
These strange species of Starfish are major problems for coral reefs. This creature only feeds on coral, and completes this task in a very strange way. The sea creature will turn its stomach out through its mouth and digest the coral’s tissue. The Crown-of-thorns Starfish is also slightly poisonous. It can inflict a painful wound if handled with bare hands.
- Stoplight Loosejaw (Malacosteus niger) Length: Up to 9 1/2 in Depths Found In: 3,300-13,000 ft In deep tropical and temperate waters worldwide
The Stoplight Loosejaw is a very fearsome creature of the deep sea. The fish is black in color, and has a huge mouth. The mouth has no floor, and a ribbon muscle is used to close it. This fish has two special photophores, which are located under each of its eyes. Despite that many bioluminescent lights are blue-green, this fish has an unique red light. Red lights are never seen in the deep, so this fish has the advantage of finding red prey undetected.
Hello fellow Entomologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to add 2 more insects to the weekly post. I hope you guys are ready for some weird and amazing creatures. Now, grab a notepad and let’s get started!
- What the heck is this monstrosity! Brazilian Treehopper (Bocydium globulare) (info about name from darkroastedblend.com) The Brazilian Treehopper is one of the most bizarre and grotesque insects on the planet. (darkroastedblend.com) They are usually brown in color, and have very strange, spherical, spiky appendages protruding from their backs. (listverse.com) This supposedly make it difficult to consume. (listverse.com) I think that definitely has to be one of the “freaks” of the insect world!
- BANG! All hail the king of ants! Bullet Ant (Paraponera clavata) (info about scientific name from en.wikipedia.org) The Bullet Ant is a small, but very dangerous insect that is found in lowland Nicaraguan rainforests and in the extreme east of Honduras. (en.wikipedia.org) The insect gets its name from its extremely painful sting that’s said to be equal to getting shot. (en.wikipedia.org) The sting is at the top of the Schmidt sting pain index, at a 4+ ranking. (en.wikipedia.org) These insects are used for the initiation ceremony of the Satere-Mawe tribe of Brazil. (en.wikipedia.org) The ceremony is used to transform boys into warriors. (en.wikipedia.org) The insects are woven into a glove that the boy is forced to wear for 10 minutes! (en.wikipedia.org) The poor boy must endure this torture 20 times to complete the ceremony. (en.wikipedia.org)