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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Just for fun: Skeleton shrimp

Meet Liropus minusculus, a new species of skeleton shrimp found off the coast of California.

You may be interested to note that this creature is neither a skeleton nor a shrimp. Instead, it's a crustacean in the Caprillidae family of amphipods

Weird doesn't begin to describe these creatures. Check out this clip:

For much more on this, including a Caprillidae anatomy lesson "skeleton shrimp have taken the basic amphipod body plan and dialed all the features to 'scary'"head over to Jennifer Frazer's piece at Scientific American Blogs.

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