Sunday 30 March 2014


Image: j4mie
The tree that ensures all else shall die!

Friday 28 March 2014

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Skeletons of the Sea

Yeah... so these are definitely my favourite crustaceans in all the world, ever.

Sunday 23 March 2014

Noble Sea Pen

Image: riandreu
Pinna nobilis
Forget blood from a stone. Try silk from a tooth...

Friday 21 March 2014

The Pink (K)night

Image: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010
George Matheson is a humble government clerk in a Russian novel by day. By night, he dons his translucent cape, beautifies his feeding tentacles and becomes...

The Pink (K)night
[of Darkness (it's a pun)]

Moon Image: John Spade, I changed it a little


I guess I should say that George Matheson is some kind of deep sea Sea Cucumber. We've already seen Enypniastes, but I'm thinking this might be a different genus. At least some part of the Pink (K)night's secret identity is safe. For now.

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Spectacled Lizard

Image: Esteban Alzate
Bachia bicolor
Here we go again! The tempestuous, on-again-off-again relationship between lizards and their own legs continues. What a saga!

Sunday 16 March 2014

Turbellarian Flatworm

Image: Richard Ling
Flatworms! They're flat worms. So they're Flatworms!

Proof at last that biology isn't all "deoxyribonucleic acid" and "atrichous izorhiza"!

Friday 14 March 2014

Paradoxical Frog

Image: Wikipedia
Pseudis paradoxa
It's the amazing, shrinking frog!

Wednesday 12 March 2014

Ensign Wasp

Image: Muhammad Mahdi Karim
Uh oh... someone's been playing around with the shrink ray.

Sunday 9 March 2014

Friday 7 March 2014

Anthuriums of Anguish

Image: Reinaldo Aguilar
For many, the word Anthurium means just one plant: the Flamingo Flower. It's one of the most popular tropical plants in the world; add a Heliconia and a palm leaf and you're instantly teleported to the Caribbean. That's just science.

Wednesday 5 March 2014

Carnivorous Land Snail

Image: Kathrin & Stefan Marks
There's something amiss in New Zealand...

Sunday 2 March 2014

Lined Leaf-tail Gecko

Image: David d'O
Uroplatus lineatus
I'm no carpenter, but this looks like a fine piece of wood. Just perfect for carving a little model aeroplane or a few hundred thousand toothpicks.