Venomous crustacean discovered


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#2

First thing I thought of: Alien.


#3

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.”


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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

Oh good, I was hoping for a venomous crustacean.


#6

A “blind, aquatic cave dweller” - And adorable.


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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.


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but, but, isn’t Taxonomy like Fashion in that it changes every season ?


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just let it lie a few days and every Crustacean gets toxic.


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