The ambushing Bobbit is covered with sand and lures its prey with the protruding antennae; the jaws are under tension like an armed spring trap. Credit: © Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel
Eunice aphroditois, also known as the Bobbit worm, buries its long body deep in the sand, leaving only its powerful jaws protruding above the surface. It uses these to grab hold of unsuspecting prey and drag it down into its burrow within a fraction of a second. Biologists from the University of Basel have taken a closer look at the gruesome hunter and its prey and noticed a fascinating behavioral pattern: prey fish defend themselves against the monstrous worm by attacking it with water jets and forcing it to retreat. The study has been published in Scientific Reports.
PETA has called out Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Animal Planet's TV show 'Tanked' for "confining sentient beings to artificial environments" and requesting they serve fish-free meals at their new Las Vegas restaurant to absolve them of their "guilt."
Petrolisthes paulayi is a new species of filter-feeding reef crab from the Central Pacific. With it's orange and red spots and stripes throughout its white carapace, it is also one of the most striking porcelain crabs.
The classic reverse osmosis designs can be annoying and messy when it comes time to replace media. Aquatic Life's new Twist-In systems feature the quickest method of changing out all the cartridges without any tools or spills.
The City of Villa Rica, Georgia, is looking for three men that may be responsible for the disappearance of six to eight mature (and expensive) kois from the Pine Mountain Gold Museum.
Cephalopods – cuttlefish, squid and octopus – are colourblind, yet still can camouflage themselves in colourful surroundings. (Image credit: Dr Wensung Chung / QBI)
Despite being able to camouflage themselves in colourful surroundings, cuttlefish, squid and octopus are colourblind, QBI research has found.
55 days post hatch!! Pacific Blue Tangs, from the UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory! Image courtesy of the UF IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory.
University of Florida, in participation with Rising Tide Conservation, has made remarkable progress researching captive breeding of reef fish, including their recent success with blue tangs. UoF currently has a opening for a full-time staff scientist for their aquaculture lab.
Biota Aquarium aims to introduce people to reefkeeping with simplicity and sustainability as its core principles. Biota's system and process will insure hobbyists set up their aquariums according to the proper timeline and stock with appropriate, aquacultured fish and corals.
Yuebeipotamon calciatile is a newly described genus and species of crabs from the humid, subtropical Southern Chinese province of Guangdong. The new crab was first discovered within the aquarium trade.
This is Reef Bloke's impressive aquarium powered by Deltec LSS equipment and Aqua Illumination Hydra 52 LEDs. The polyp extension on his SPS are super yummy!
Conker is the adorable ranchu goldfish and beloved pet of 21-year-old, Emma March. When Conker was found choking on a large pebble, Emma rushed him to the vet to save his life.
Prognathodes basabei at a depth of approximately 55 m off Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Photo by G. McFall.
Prognathodes basabei is a lovely new Chaetodontid species observed in Northwestern Hawaii at depths ranging from 45 to 187m (150 to 600+ feet).
Los Angeles wholesaler Quality Marine announced the arrival of the first commercially available captive-bred multicolor angelfish along with a shipment of captive-bred flame angels too!
The Orphek Atlantik V3+ Compact LED light is the half size version of its bigger sibling. The Compact features 42 5-watt "dual-chip" LEDs with 130 watts of power controlled via built-in WiFi.
Scientists are developing a robotic remote operated vehicle armed with shock paddles that is designed to electrocute invasive lionfish to death without harming surrounding sea life.