A Black-eyed Hermit Crab (Pagurus armatus) using the shell of a Lewis’s Moon Snail (Neverita lewisii).

The first image is a phantom view, and the second one is an animated gif, both showing what the hermit crab’s body looks like inside the shell.

(Apparently animated gifs is the cool thing to do, so I thought I’d see how it can enhance scientific illustration.)

anonymous asked:

What on earth is the one in the picture above the cuttlefish?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!

This thing^

This is a Pyrosome (Genus: Pyrosoma), free-floating colonial tunicates

Basically, that whole thing is a lot of smaller individuals (just a few mm in size), joined together in a mucousy layer and working for the benefit for the entire colony.

@pagurus is the best person to ask about colonial organisms - he’s studied them profusely for his dissertation 😌😌

Since I’m tagging him, maybe he could add some comments? (or correct me if I’m wrong lmao)

Common Hermit Crab (Pagurus bernhardus)

Also known as the soldier crab, the common hermit crab is a species of pagurid hermit crab which is distributed along most of Europe’s Atlantic coasts. Common hermit crabs are typically seen in pools on the upper to lower shore regions in rock/tide pools. Common hermit crabs chiefly detritivores but they will also scavenge and filter feed if necessary. In typical hermit crab fashion P. bernhardus will use the shells of gastropod species, like Littorina sp. and Buccinum sp. for protection. 


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Image: Hans Hillewaert 

luffy-the-hokage  asked:

I am currently reading the book "Die Gesichtslosen" (the faceless) by Stephanie Fey and my enjoyment at the moment is rather modest. Does anyone know if it is common or even okay to start almost every new scene without making clear who you are currently reading about? Ms. Fey is almost always writes "She did..." or "He does..." without naming our describing the person. It is incredible frustrating for me when characters change or new ones appear and I only figure them out on the next page... :/

I shall edit this post if one of my amigos knows the answer

@pagurus: With a title like the faceless, it strikes me as likely being intentional. Maybe the author wants the readers to not fully know who is doing what?