Bonus Friday Picture


A Scottish Sea Spider without kilt (from the from the Rockall Trough off NW Scotland.


Dr. M (1714 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

One comment on “Bonus Friday Picture
  1. At first I was just admiring the several different species cnidarian, one of which is probably a corallimorpharian.

    Then I noticed the slipper limpet sitting on the proboscis of the pycnogonid. I kind of chuckled to myself, “oh those silly limpets” as I often do.

    It was at that moment I realized the pycnogonid had 2 different sizes of legs. A closer examination revealed that there were 16 visible legs and two probosci at right angles to each.

    So what you have in that picture is a small pycnogonid on top of a large one. God only knows they are doing in that position!

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