05 Jul '12, 9am

The Annotated Budak: Proboscism by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Proboscism by @budak

This prostomium, which is covered with sticky mucus and richly ciliated, is usually directed ventrally to rake in and funnel sediment towards the mouth. Viewed the wrong way, the organ's spatula-like profile has given rise to the vulgar name of what was once a phylum of its own but is now regarded as a labile offshoot of the annelid branch of life. Echiurans are often lumped with peanut worms in textbooks, perhaps due to their unsegmented vermiformity, but whereas sipunculans can fully retract their introverts, spoon worms have no choice but to hang loose. The organ is deceptively prehensile, however, extending to 10 times or more its flaccid length in some species and is usually the only visible part of the animal, which stuffs its sausagey trunk under rocks or into muddy hollows. The worms' priapic form does little to discourage diners partial to marine wieners , though....

Full article: http://budak.blogs.com/the_annotated_budak/2012/07/spoone...

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The Annotated Budak: Red-alikes by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Red-alikes by @budak

budak.blogs.com 04 Jul '12, 6am

The scarlet basker is described as a medium-sized libellulid, but its stature, which could well be taken for granted at a ...

The Annotated Budak: Paint it red by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Paint it red by @budak

budak.blogs.com 06 Jul '12, 2am

Few, in their daily pursuit of fleeting gains and lazy dashes from one chilly box to another, bother to peer up at the bow...

The Annotated Budak: Sac(ré) bleu by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Sac(ré) bleu by @budak

budak.blogs.com 07 Jul '12, 10am

Sea cucumbers in the family Cucumariidae can reach pestilential numbers on north-eastern shores, where the aberrant echino...

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: 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...

The Annotated Budak: Vapouriser by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Vapouriser by @budak

budak.blogs.com 14 Jul '12, 12am

Neither scorpion nor spider, uropygids occupy a minor branch of the arachnid tree, with just a single family, 16 genera an...

The Annotated Budak: Palp romance by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Palp romance by @budak

budak.blogs.com 26 Jun '12, 2am

for aquatic respiration, but the arachnids have survived and spread as far as the Galapagos, Japan, Brazil and Polynesia w...

The Annotated Budak: Netizens by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Netizens by @budak

budak.blogs.com 17 Jul '12, 1am

but lack the ability to glow, came to the attention of western entomologists in the early 19th century, who thought they r...

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: 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...

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: Two Butterflies (by @budak)

The Annotated Budak: Two Butterflies (by @budak)

budak.blogs.com 18 Jul '12, 2am

Many fishes, including several species associated with coral reefs, are also drawn to the seawall for its provision of saf...