the-crimson-hawkmoth  asked:

Did you know the snail in your theme with the green eye stalks is actually infected by a parasite, it takes control of the snails brain and makes it get eaten by birds to continue the parasites life cycle

yes! and i love it very much. i’ve been lucky enough to find several of them in my garden the last few years. hoping to find more of them when summer finally comes… more of them in this tag.

The Fisher King

Title: The Fisher King 6/?
Rating: T
Timeline: Part 6 of the coffee shop au universe
Category: MSR
Summary: Dana’s face tightens and Mulder gets the sense that she’d like to ask his ex-wife some questions at the business end of a scalpel. He’s not wholly opposed to the idea. 
Author’s Note: Thanks to everyone who keeps encouraging me to write something else in this universe. It is very kind.

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I made a 30 day art challenges cause why not

For 1 month, make and draw a character based off of a species of your choice from each given phylum of animal (some phyla have thousands of species to choose from…others will only have one or two)

You can make them anthros, gijinkas, cartoons, monster, sonic ocs, anything you want as long as it’s at least inspired directly by the critter

The days:

Day 1. Porifera
Day 2. Placozoa
Day 3. Ctenophora
Day 4. Cnidaria
Day 5. Orthonectida or Dicyemida
Day 6. Chaetognatha
Day 7. Platyhelminthes
Day 8. Cycliophora
Day 9. Gastrotricha
Day 10. Rotifera (including Acanthocephala)
Day 11. Gnathostomulida or Micrognathozoa
Day 12. Entoprocta
Day 13. Bryozoa
Day 14. Branchiopoda
Day 15. Nemertea
Day 16. Phoronida
Day 17. Annelida (including Sipuncula and Echiura)
Day 18. Mollusca
Day 19. Priapulida
Day 20. Loricifera  
Day 21. Kinorhyncha
Day 22. Nematoda
Day 23. Nematomorpha
Day 24. Arthropoda
Day 25. Onychophora
Day 26. Tardigrada
Day 27. Xenacoelomorpha 
Day 28. Echinodermata
Day 29. Hemichordata
Day 30. Chordata 

Adorable drawings of some common parasites that effect humans. Tapeworms and blood flukes are platyhelminthes, meaning they’re flatworms, while the other 4 are nemotodes. Tapeworms, blood flukes, hookworms, pinworms, and round worms live in the body producing eggs that are evacuated through waste. Guinea worms, whose destruction will be at the hands of Jimmy Carter, are special however. They live in the muscles of the leg and must escape to water to reproduce. They inflame the muscles of the legs in order to force the host to water, where they escape. Parasites that purposefully infect humans are fascinating.

Just wanted to do a simple postmortem recap of my designs for Dimetrodone ‘s  30 Day Phyla Challenge (including some redesigns). It was a fun experience and I spent more time doing research than actually drawing, but I’m still pretty happy with most of my designs! I had multiple designs for Nermertea (2), Annelida (5), Mollusca (4), and Echinodermata (2), so I just chose my favorite designs in those cases.

1. Porifera
2. Placozoa
3. Ctenophora
4. Cnidaria
5. Dicyemida
6. Chaetognatha
7. Platyhelminthes
8. Cycliophora
9. Gastrotricha
10. Rotifera
11. Micrognathozoa
12. Entoprocta
13. Bryozoa
14. Branchiopoda
15. Nemertea
16. Phoronida
17. Annelida
18. Mollusca
19. Priapulida
20. Loricifera  
21. Kinorhyncha
22. Nematoda
23. Nematomorpha
24. Arthropoda
25. Onychophora
26. Tardigrada
27. Xenacoelomorpha
28. Echinodermata
29. Hemichordata
30. Chordata

Super-duper special thanks to dimetrodone for creating the challenge! It was educational, fun, and…well, challenging!

Januwormy 2017

It’s a new year and that means another year of fakemon. So I am challenging artists to include some taxonomic diversity. Some oft-neglected groups of animals which Pokemon itself has yet to capitalize upon. I am, of course talking about worms!

  • Platyhelminthes- flatworms, flukes, tapeworms
  • Annelida- earthworms, leeches, bristleworms, tube worms
  • Nematoda- roundworms
  • Nemertea- ribbon worms
  • Chaetognatha- arrow worms
  • Hemichordata- acorn worms
  • Nematomorpha- horsehair worms
  • Priapulida

So many animals share the body plan of a worm….and yet they are all neglected.

Gen 7 has given us a taxonomic bounty in the form of flies and a cockroach, however the pokemon world is still devoid of annelids, as well as other worms! I challenge fakemon makers to make January 2017 into #januwormy

  • Domain: Eukarya
  • Group: Lophotrochozoans
  • Phylum: Platyhelminthes (Flatworms)
  • Class: Trematoda (Parasitic Flukes)

The Chlonorchis (Opisthorchis) sinesis, or Chinese liver fluke, is a prominent human parasite in Asia. They have a complex life cycle involving three hosts; snails, fish, and humans. The liver fluke survives each host’s immune defenses by mimicking surface proteins of host cells, thereby going undetected. This parasite enters the human host when under-cooked fish is ingested. 

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“New Guinea Flatworm” (Platydemus manokwari)

…a species of terrestrial turbellarian flatworm that is endemic to New Guinea, but has been accidentally introduced to many other countries as well. In New Guinea P. manokwari typically inhabits tropical areas, but in introduced places it thrives in temperate areas as well. P. manokwari is a predator and feeds mainly on land snails (in fact it is sometimes used to control snail populations) and other soil inhabiting invertebrates. 


Animalia-Platyhelminthes-Turbellaria-Tricladida-Continenticola-Geoplanidae-Rhychodeminae-Platydemus-P. manokwari

Images: Pierre Gros and Shinji Sugiura

30 Day Phyla Challenge: Day 9: Gastrotricha

Again no color, just to give myself a break.

Instead of a merperson today went for a more housekeeper pet sort of critter. As in the process of trying to figure out how to turn it into a mer or other thing it occurred to me that I had yet to add pets to my merfolk universe.

And what better one than a creature that’ll snuffle about your home munching up the organic components of your dirt/sand/silt floor. Keeping your whole place cleaner for it. So there’s probably a whole breeding culture for these things so that they’re mild-mannered, semi-independent and don’t need too much upkeep. Think cat crossed with caterpillar crossed with a vacuum.

Cause with how water moves sediment around there’s no way a lot of homes are going to have bare floors. It’s just a waste of time and effort, and you need to keep it all clean somehow, since brooms and mops are going to be hella impractical and useless.

Day 1: Porifera- Chondrocladia sponge.
Day 2: Placozoa- Treptophax adhaerens.
Day 3: Ctenophora- Cestum veneris.
Day 4: Cnidaria- Orange Sea Pen and Charnia.
Day 5: Dicyemida- Unspecified Osmosis Jones crossover.
Day 6: Chaetognatha- Unspecified Arrow Worm.
Day 7: Platyhelminthes- Two Pseudoceros flatworms.
Day 8: Cycliophora- Symbion pandora playing Monster Hunter.
Day 9: Gastrotricha- Pets for merfolk.   <— You Are Here
Day 10: Rotifers- In Progress