#1 By: Rob Beschizza, October 23rd, 2013 08:32
#2 By: kmoser, October 23rd, 2013 10:42
First thing I thought of: Alien.
#3 By: Stu, October 23rd, 2013 10:58
When I read the article's last line -- "...not one of the approximately 70,000 described species of crustaceans was known, until now, to be venomous." -- my first thought was, "Maybe not venomous, but certainly unkind."
#4 By: chenille, October 23rd, 2013 11:26
For those interested the paper is open access, available from Oxford Journals here. It looks like remipedes have been thought of as probably-venomous for a while, but the evidence has not been certain; here they have changed that with a detailed analysis of the venom proteins and injection mechanism.
#5 By: Boundegar, October 23rd, 2013 13:22
Oh good, I was hoping for a venomous crustacean.
#6 By: Snagglepuss 62629, October 23rd, 2013 15:40
A "blind, aquatic cave dweller" - And adorable.
#7 By: Smut Clyde, October 24th, 2013 01:23
Venoms are especially common in three of the four major groups of arthropods, such as insects. Crustaceans, however, are a glaring exception to the rule
Cladistics pedant says: But insects are crustaceans, just highly-specialised ones, modified for dry-land existence.
#8 By: WolfgangSchlte1, October 24th, 2013 10:04
but, but, isn't Taxonomy like Fashion in that it changes every season ?
#9 By: WolfgangSchlte1, October 24th, 2013 10:05
just let it lie a few days and every Crustacean gets toxic.
#10 By: Rob Beschizza, October 28th, 2013 08:32
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