Molluscs, now with 100% more awesum

A blog war is starting to develop again.  No I am not talking about this one.  I am talking about the Great Invertebrate Wars. Everything was quiet until someone had to stir the pot. GIW I took many causalities with molluscs taking the clear win.  Which invertebrate group will take GIW II?  If polls are accurate, and like Fox News I like to think they are, the winner is the Molluscs with 37%!  The next closest group, Cnidaria with a measly 17%, is so far away we should close the polls early.  What Cnidarians?  A few stinging cells and some carbonate skeletons and everyone is throwing a freakin’ party.  Big whoop!  Arthropods with 14% don’t even have a fighting chance. How many times can you elaborate on the jointed exoskeleton?  Give me a break!  Well finally people are coming to their senses.  Where are your precious echinoderms with a laughable 9% now Chris? What was that Bora? I can’t hear you over all the winning! Who else wants a piece?

So without further ado, the 10 reasons why Molluscs are the best.

      Make sure you stay tuned here for updates as the situation develops and the #invwar hashtag on Twitter

      Dr. M (1801 Posts)

      Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

      9 Replies to “Molluscs, now with 100% more awesum”

      1. Don’t forget the sea slug that is the only animal that can produce its own chloroplasts – Chlorotica FTW

      2. Ah, OK, I hadn’t realize we were excluding tunicates because THEY’VE ALREADY WON.

        So, for the second prize…I’m going to have to put my money on Echinoderms. Why, you ask?

        Two words.

        Urchin. Barren.

        And if you need a blog post to backup the fact that, hell, they will cut you, man, see here.

        And don’t even get me started on Pycnopodia.

      3. The little known stomatopod holds a high place in my book and deserves a vote. Best vision on the planet and arguably the most intelligent invert. They also pack a mean punch.

      4. And in that great battle dome among mollusc groups, we know who eats the others for lunch. Don’t hate the sucker, hate the game.

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