19 Jun '12, 4am

The Annotated Budak: Ears apart by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Ears apart by @budak

There is a fine, and often broken, line between snails and slugs, for both terms, though useful in the field, reveal little of the relationships in a class of molluscs with convoluted life histories and do not form tidy bushes of their own on the voluminous tree of life. Many families of gastropods contain creatures with lustrous whorls as well as members with naked bodies that defoliate gardens at night. In the same clans of convergence are beastlets that have not gone the whole hog, retaining a shoebox of a shell to protect the vital organs but lacking the headspace for a true domestic retreat. In the sea, the label runs skin deep in headshield slugs, sidegill slugs, sap-sucking slugs and sea hares, for in these unstable orders, animals with external, if paper-thin, shells, veiled spires and internal plates share common descent with snails who have nothing to hide. Onchi...

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The Annotated Budak: No soft spots by @budak

The Annotated Budak: No soft spots by @budak

budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

Despite the name, soft corals can be anything but. An attempt to palm the terminal clusters of a colony of nephtheids, spe...

The Annotated Budak: A rambling naturalist by @budak

The Annotated Budak: A rambling naturalist by @...

budak.blogs.com 20 Jun '12, 3am

"The best and most promising shore lies west of the town, and is covered with loose stones, upon which grows abundantly a ...

The Annotated Budak: Buckle down by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Buckle down by @budak

budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

Parthenopids, with their triangular or hexagonal bodies, disarmingly long chelae and diminutive legs, are crabs that mock ...

The Annotated Budak: Gleam and clean by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Gleam and clean by @budak

budak.blogs.com 16 Jun '12, 12pm

A walker remarked to his companion as they passed me on the trail, "There's hardly any insects here". Earlier, a troop of ...

The annotated budak: Sticking it in by @budak

The annotated budak: Sticking it in by @budak

budak.blogs.com 18 Jun '12, 1am

Some dragonflies choose spawning sites with little room for manouervre: swimming pools, water tanks, flooded roofs and fee...

The Annotated Budak: 3+1 hoppers by @budak

The Annotated Budak: 3+1 hoppers by @budak

budak.blogs.com 25 Jun '12, 1am

As in Australia, where the subfamily has exploded and attained pestilential proportions, Sulawesi's acridoid fauna is domi...

The Annotated Budak: Survival of the flittest by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Survival of the flittest b...

budak.blogs.com 22 Jun '12, 11am

Large geometrid moth, Venus Drive. The butterflies and moths encountered in woods and waysides, floating before floral nec...

Amazing! Pics of crocodile eating monitor at Sungei Buloh MT@VaranusSalvator & (@jehkay @budak)

Amazing! Pics of crocodile eating monitor at Su...

budak.blogs.com 18 Jun '12, 6am

The water monitors of Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve suffer from few inhibitions; juveniles a mere foot-and-a-half in length...

The Annotated Budak: Hooter by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Hooter by @budak

budak.blogs.com 02 Jul '12, 1pm

Drab in coat and bearing oversized heads with a stubble of sensory barbels, the tadpole-like toadfish lack admirers and wi...

The Annotated Budak: Piece of croack by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Piece of croack by @budak

budak.blogs.com 14 Jun '12, 2am

"There is a small rocky islet or group of rocks near the SE. Point of P. Ubin called S'kodo , from a fancied resemblance o...

New blog post!! Kawaii Rabbit Ears Nekomimi: Fluffy animal ears have long been a kawaii (cute) culture in Japane...

New blog post!! Kawaii Rabbit Ears Nekomimi: Fl...

deadpris.com 16 Jun '12, 1pm

Fluffy animal ears have long been a kawaii (cute) culture in Japanese media such as manga, anime and cosplay scene. I LOVE...

The Annotated Budak: Prima vēna by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Prima vēna by @budak

budak.blogs.com 13 Jun '12, 12am

Five primary veins – costa, subcosta, radius, median, cubitus and anal – sprout from the backs of dragonflies to create a ...

The Annotated Budak: Monsters in our midst by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Monsters in our midst by @...

budak.blogs.com 13 Jun '12, 12am

Many of the colonies that build the superstructure of this living habitat consist of little monsters, zooids of coenosarc ...

The Annotated Budak: Desires of the flesh by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Desires of the flesh by @b...

budak.blogs.com 12 Jun '12, 1am

For all their minute charisma and bead-eyed charm, fiddler crabs , which occur in multitudes in the mangroves and soft fla...

The Annotated Budak: A fearsome threesome by @budak

The Annotated Budak: A fearsome threesome by @b...

budak.blogs.com 28 Jun '12, 3am

The creatures children are taught to fear – spiders, scorpions and snakes – seldom fail to make an appearance on walks thr...