Guide to the Animal Kingdom Episode 2: The Stingers (Corals & Jellies)

Guide to the Animal Kingdom Episode 2: The Stingers (Corals & Jellies)

Standing strong at well over 10,000 species, the “Cnidaria” form a remarkably diverse and colourful (if at times a bit shapeless) group of animals. They include the jellyfish, sea anemones, corals, and their kin, while ranging from microscopic polyps to the gigantic lion mane jellyfish, who can grow to reach a diameter of over 2m, dragging along more than 30m of tentacles. Most species are carnivorous and use tentacles to catch their prey. Continue reading “Guide to the Animal Kingdom Episode 2: The Stingers (Corals & Jellies)”

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Guide to the Animal Kingdom Episode 1: The Sponges

Guide to the Animal Kingdom Episode 1: The Sponges

There’s probably no better place to start a tour of the animal kingdom than the sponges. In terms of anatomy, sponges are the simplest animals, lacking organs, limbs, and much more. Although they are of course famous for bringing us Spongebob Squarepants and for their contributions to human hygiene, sponges are otherwise a bit invisible to those of us who don’t live in the sea. Continue reading “Guide to the Animal Kingdom Episode 1: The Sponges”

The OddShrimp’s Guide to the Animal Kingdom – Introduction

After a period of inactivity i feel it’s about time for a new project. Given my interest in all animals large and small, I have decided to go a little bit more systematic. It is with some pride that I hereby present The OddShrimp’s Guide to the Animal Kingdom. Continue reading “The OddShrimp’s Guide to the Animal Kingdom – Introduction”