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Questions tagged [invertebrates]

A paraphyletic classification for animals lacking a vertebral column.

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What is the reason behind the subphylum name “Urochordata” for tunicates?

There are two major invertebrate subphyla of the chordates (phylum Chordata): Cephalochordata (the lancelets) Urochordata, aka Tunicata (the tunicates) My understanding is that the cephalochordates ...
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What are these tiny creatures swimming around my aquarium?

I was checking out my aquarium today, and decided to scoop out a water sample and take a look at it more closely. What I discovered were numerous, very, very tiny white worms (?) swimming around in ...
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Identification of a small flat bug

So for the last few days I have been noticing these small bugs in my bathroom -- they don't appear frequently, and I see them once or twice a month. The characteristics and behavior I observed are as ...
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Can someone help me in identifying this specimen I have found?

I came across this specimen which I assume to be belonging to kingdom porifera or coelenterata. Can someone please help me identify it?
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What are these bladder snail parasites?

I collected some bladder snails several months ago. While checking them out one day, I noticed that they were now infested with external, parasitic worms. Here's a picture of a snail with a bunch of ...
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research on brain-eating amoeba

Are there any alternative treatments for brain-eating amoeba? I've spent about 6 hours trying to find information about this and haven't had any success.
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How do insects recognize their host plants?

Many insects, like butterflies have specific host plants on which they feed or lay eggs. While researching about some butterflies, I found that they lay their eggs on certain specific plants and their ...
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What kind of sieve does one use to extract meiofauna?

Suppose I have a core of sediment, and I want to extract the meiofauna from it, in order to study these organisms. According to the sources I could find, this involves using a very fine (e.g. 45 μm) ...
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How did craniates evolve?

Looking at most chordate phylogenetic trees, it seems that we usually have something like this: ...
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Looking to identify this species

I found a rather strange invertebrate...something... outside my home this evening, and I have no idea what it might be. It looks kind of like a small brown lobster, without the claws. I think it has 8 ...
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Do hornets remember and recognize a human? Do they have any (kind of) memory?

hornetology So it happens that a hornet (vespa crabro) flew inside my house today and now is being held in a plastic container (I made some holes to let it breathe). But it also happens not just this ...
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Sex determination in cephalopod?

I see some source say octopus do not have sex chromosome. So what's the sex determination mechanism for cephalopods?
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Does the Condylactis Gigantea sea anemone extrude acontia filaments as self-defence?

I am working on a personal project that requires isolated nematocysts, which (according to previous studies) have been extracted from acontial filaments from acontiarian sea anemones. However, when ...
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Help in identifying an unknown Golden Worm/Larvae

Can anyone help me to recognize this type of species? Is it a clustered worms or clustered larvae? Location is in Bali, Indonesia. Recently this species is goes viral, but people here always link this ...
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What is this strange horned, slug-like coral reef dwelling creature?

On the first episode of BBC's Blue Planet II they visited a coral reef and showed some odd reef-dwelling creatures as part of their establishing shots, but they did not identify the creatures. What ...
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Any latest edition or successor of “Invertebrate zoology” by Ruppert & Barnes 2003?

I have the 6th edition of the textbook "Invertebrate Zoology" by Ruppert and Barnes from 1993. I know there is a 7th edition from 2003, but is there and will there ever be a 8th edition? Assuming they ...
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Did radial symmetry evolve twice?

In the history of animal evolution, both the Cnidarians and the Echinoderms have radial symmetry, according to this cladogram: Source: http://www.cpalms.org/Public/PreviewResourceLesson/Preview/45851 ...
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Cockroach brain functional anatomy

In insects like the cockroach the brain is distributed, i.e. some parts lie in the head and some in the abdominal cavity. Which part is responsible for controlling locomotion?
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Im trying to find out what type of snail this is

The snail is pretty large and located in texas.
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Are baby centipedes poisonous like the adults?

I know that centipedes have an appendage called "poison claw".But I am not sure if the same is there in the baby centipedes and if its functional like that of the adults. So are baby centipedes ...
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What spider is this in Idaho?

I have killed maybe 5 of these little bastards as I have a 3 year old and dont want her bit. Should be able to zoom in quite a bit. Just hold CTRL and hit the plus symbol. Whitish top brown legs ...
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Species identification - what kind of worm is this?

I am finding these worms in my bathroom since summer arrived. I have been finding these on floor, walls and damp towel I left hung overnight in bathroom couple of times. When these worms are squished, ...
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Can you identify this fossil?

I found this fossil near a beach in Victoria, Australia. Can anyone identify it? It is roughly the size of an Australian 20 cent piece (~30 mm). I think it might have been washed down from an eroding ...
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ID a shell from Puerto Rico

I recently found this in Rincon Puerto Rico on the beach. I assumed it was a baby sea turtle shell or some kind of turtle. Someone that frequents Puerto Rico said it was not. Does anybody know what ...
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Identification of colorful jelly-like marine creature

I'm on my trip to Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China. Today(4th February 2017), at 12:13 A.M., I saw a beach filled with huge rocks on which various dry shells reside. Among the shells, I ...
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Can certain jellyfish photosynthesize in the medusa stage?

Can jellyfish (at least some of them) do photosynthesis in the symbiosis with zooxanthellae in their medusa form as well? I've heard that only Cassiopea andromeda can but I wasn't able to find a ...
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How do you determine the length of an annelid?

I'm currently studying a horse-leech, and would like to know if it is fully grown or not. When I read about different annelid species a maximum length is often given, so I wonder if there is some ...
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Species identification - greenish blue ocean worm (nudibranch?) in Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

We found this on a beach at the Perhentian Islands, Malaysia in March, 2016 and cannot identify it. It's some sort of worm-type creature with many legs and bluish back about 15cm long. The legs ...
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What happens to a snail if we cut off its antennae?

First off, I don't know why snails have antennas. Are they eyes? And what if we cut those antennae off? If they are like eyes, could a blind snail survive somehow?
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How long can an octopus survive out of the water?

I saw videos of octopuses crawling on the ground and I was wondering how long an octopus can survive when out of the water? Does it depend on either its size (i.e., does a big octopus from deep sea ...
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Aquarium snail identification

Many of these little snails suddenly appeared in our aquarium from nowhere. I suspect that some snail eggs hitched a ride with some recently purchased plants. Can anyone identify the species? I am ...
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What is the role of gills in terrestrial Crustaceans?

Why do Crustaceans that live on land have maintained their gills? In aquatic species, the gills play a pivotal role in respiration, but terrestrial crustaceans have tracheal lungs. So why do they have ...
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Why do crabs spit?

Last year I photographed this juvenile Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) 'spitting' (click for larger view): I thought I'd look up more information on this behavior, but couldn't find any ...
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Are there any theories why such an imbalance in chirality of molluscs?

Most gastropods exhibit sinistral (right hand) winding of their shells. But very few species are anti sinistral. Have there been any theories as to why such a great difference?
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Selection for less efficient egg transfer in Human Botfly life cycle

I have heard that the Human Botfly transfers its eggs through other invertebrates, and it strikes my curiosity that if an insect could simply land on its host directly to deposit its eggs, then why ...
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Which is the guideline to choose a molecular target to identify vertebrate hosts from arthropod bloodmeals?

There are some molecular targets to identify vertebrate hosts from arthropod bloodmeals including the Cyt b gene and the COI gene. Which are the standards or characteristics that I have to bear in ...
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Spider identification

This red spider has set up a web in my yard, in South Eastern, Texas, United States: The spider itself is about an inch long (2.5 cm), and is predominantly red to brown in color, with red legs, and a ...
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What is this discarded exoskeleton from?

This morning I was looking round the garden and found this sticking out of a pit in patch of soil, next to the wall of the house (in a trough sort of thing). I came to the conclusion it must be part ...
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will an earthworm survive after covering its skin with a wet cloth

I am very curious about this question. I got this doubt when I was studying anatomy and physiology of the earthworm Lampito mauritii. It breathes through its skin (cutaneous respiration) and if we ...
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Is the number of legs in myriapoda determined entirely by the genome?

Myriapoda (comprising, among others, millipedes and centipedes) can have hundreds of legs (Illacme plenipes having up to 750 legs). Interestingly, the number of legs (or leg pairs) appears to differ ...
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Can jellyfish swim backwards?

Jellyfish use jet propulsion to move forward, according to http://earthsky.org/earth/how-do-jellyfish-swim. Otherwise, they drift with the ocean currents. Does this mean that, without the presence of ...
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Do invertebrates dream? [closed]

From Wikipedia: Studies have observed dreaming in mammals such as monkeys, dogs, cats, rats, elephants and shrews. There have also been signs of dreaming in birds and reptiles. Have there been ...
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Are there echolocating insects?

Echolocation is the ability to obtain spatial information of the surroundings from echos generated by the animal. There are bats and other vertebrates that naturally use it. I was wondering if this ...
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What is the difference between these worms: Caenorhabditis elegans and Eisenia fetida?

I love worm composting (I use red wiggler worms), but wondering how similar or different the Caenorhabditis elegans and Eisenia fetida are?
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What biological constraints are there on how large a spider can grow?

Spiders fascinate me, but what intrigues me the most is just how big some spiders can get, which leads me to my question. What biological constraints (if any) would limit how large a spider could grow,...
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Do octopuses have better eyes than humans?

I've read that unlike humans, octopuses have eyes "designed" the "right way", i.e. with the nerve fibers behind the retina, thus getting rid of the blind spot we humans have as well as theoretically ...
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Which poison makes seastars inedible to possible predators?

In the new citizen science project (see: Sea Floor Explorer), numbers of seastars, scallops, crustaceans and other animals are counted. Already one can see a heavy bias in favor of seastars, both the ...