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2011-03-17 09:38:08

By Greg Hand, University of Cincinnati Fossilized "snapshots" provide University of Cincinnati paleontologist Carlton E. Brett and colleagues with new insights into the behavior of ancient marine creatures. Brett will present this research March 20 at the regional meeting of the Geological Society of America in Pittsburgh. Few specimens inspire greater thrills among fossil collectors than a complete trilobite. These ancient arthropods "“ relatives of lobsters, spiders and insects...

2011-03-02 21:23:54

A team of scientists has described two cladocerous crustaceans, which could be endemic to the Iberian Peninsula, and which were found in two lagoons, one in the lower basin of the Guadalquivir river, and the other in the grasslands of Extremadura. Both of these arthropods may today inhabit more areas in the Mediterranean region. "These two new crustaceans (Leydigia) are a species of living fossil and are very powerful bio-geographic and historical indicators", Miguel Alonso, one of the...

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2010-08-03 09:30:00

The waters surrounding Australia and Japan are home to the greatest variety of aquatic lifeforms, and crustaceans such as crabs, lobsters, crayfish and shrimp are the most common species in the world's seas, according to the findings of the Census of Marine Life. The information, which was disclosed in a series of articles published Monday in the open access journal PLoS ONE, comes from a decade-long effort by more than 360 scientists to catalog species in 25 different regions, ranging from...

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2010-02-11 09:55:00

Any way you look at it -- by sheer weight, species diversity or population -- the hard-shelled, joint-legged creepy crawlies called arthropods dominate planet Earth. Because of their success and importance, scientists have been trying for decades to figure out the family relationships that link lobsters to millipedes and cockroaches to tarantulas and find which might have come first. In a scientific and technological tour de force that was nearly a decade in the making, a team of scientists...

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2009-10-28 08:03:07

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researchers are close to unraveling intricate cellular pathways that control molting in blue crabs. The discoveries could revolutionize the soft-shell crab industry, generating new jobs and additional profits for the U.S. fishing industry along the coastal Southeast. Soft-shelled blue crabs are a delicacy enjoyed by food lovers each spring and early summer when the crustaceans naturally molt their hard outer shell in the wild. Molting is the process...

2009-05-29 10:22:42

Animals can simplify the brain control of their limb movements by moving a joint with just one muscle that operates against a spring made of the almost perfect elastic substance called resilin. This principle is analyzed and illustrated by striking photographs and high-speed video footage, published in the open access journal BMC Biology, of the movements of the mouthparts of crabs and crayfish. Malcolm Burrows from the University of Cambridge, UK investigated the presence of resilin, an...

2009-01-11 11:08:36

Longtime New York restaurant mascot George the Lobster is back in his natural element -- the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, an animal rights group says. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PETA, said Saturday its efforts to liberate George from his tank at City Crab and Seafood restaurant in Manhattan have been successful, with the 140-year-old crustacean set loose into the sea, CNN reported. We applaud the folks at City Crab and Seafood for their compassionate decision to allow this...

2008-09-19 21:00:17

Australian researchers said hundreds of new coral and crustacean species have been discovered on the Great Barrier and Ningaloo reefs. The Census of Marine Life was a four-year effort led by the Australian Institute of Marine Science to record the diversity of life in and around the renowned reefs. Researchers uncovered about 300 soft coral species -- up to half of them thought to be new to science. They also found dozens of small crustacean species, a rarely sampled amphipod called...

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2008-05-20 08:57:22

First identified in 1899, y-larvae have been one of the greatest zoological mysteries for over a century. No one has ever found an adult of these puzzling crustaceans, despite the plethora of these larvae in plankton, leading generations of marine zoologists to wonder just what y-larvae grow up to be. A study published in BioMed Central's open access journal, BMC Biology, reports the transformation of the larvae into a previously unseen, wholly un-crustacean-like, parasitic form.Y larvae, or...

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2007-02-05 18:00:00

MANILA, Philippines - A French-led marine expedition team believes it has discovered thousands of new species of mollusks and crustaceans around a Philippine island, officials and scientists said Monday. Some 80 scientists, technicians, students and volunteers from 19 countries surveyed the waters around Panglao island, 390 miles southeast of Manila from 2004-05. "Numerous species were observed and photographed alive, many for the first time, and it is estimated that 150-250 of the...


Latest Crustacean Reference Libraries

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2008-05-05 22:31:03

The European Lobster (Homarus gammarus), is a large European clawed crustacean. The natural range of the European Lobster is the eastern Atlantic Ocean from Lofoten Islands in northwestern Norway to the Azores and Morocco. It is also found in the Mediterranean Sea west of Crete and in northwestern parts of the Black Sea. It is not found in the Baltic Sea. It is rarely found deeper than 165 feet, but can be found anywhere from the low tide mark to 500 feet, on hard substrates made of rock or...

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2009-03-28 17:01:34

The Ghost Shrimp, Pestarella tyrrhena is a species of thalassinidean crustacean that dwells in shallow, sandy tunnels of the ocean floor in the Mediterranean Sea and northern Atlantic Ocean. Initially, the crustacean derived its name from the Tyrrhenian Sea where it inhabited. The crustacean was called formerly Callianassa tyrrhena, but current common terminology for the species is Ghost Shrimp or Mud Shrimp. Fishermen in the Mediterranean have used it as bait for at least 200 years...

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2013-09-05 00:00:00

The Lagostino, Panulirus argus is a species of spiny lobster inhabiting the waters of the western Atlantic Ocean, from North Carolina down to eastern South America at depths from 100 to 300 feet. They dwell on reefs and in mangrove swamps, or habitats with some sort of cover. More familiar names for the species include Caribbean Spiny Lobster, Florida Spiny Lobster or West Indies Spiny Lobster. Shortened variations of the name could include Lagostino, Crawfish, Crayfish or Bug. The...

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2009-03-28 16:40:43

The Banded Coral Shrimp, Stenopus hispidus is a decapod crustacean, resembling shrimp. It is classified in the infraorder Stenopodidea. More familiar names for this species include Banded Boxer Shrimp, Banded Prawn, Coral Banded Shrimp and Barber-pole Shrimp. This crustacean looks like a shrimp and even shares the common name shrimp, however, it is not truly shrimp. The shrimp-like crustacean is less than an inch long with red bands wrapping his body, and long, white antennae upon his...

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