28 Aug '13, 6am

The Annotated Budak: Toadles by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Toadles by @budak

of Pulau Sekudu, one with even fewer claims to existence in a world of purely human natures, clings to the recesses between sundered rocks, where sponges, tunicates, barnacles, sea anemones and hydroids occupy a rug of coarse filaments. In this tilted landscape of colours dark and dull, naked eyes are wont to slough off the hides of sea toads, whose broad, pear-shaped carapaces and hairy legs serve as dirt magnets. Ill-defined eyes on short stalks flank a 'rostrum' of two prominent spines, a meagre structure compared to the snouts of other, smaller majids, which also boast gracile proportions that allow them to ford coral heads and bridge submarine gulfs. The limbs of Schizomys , though stout in comparison, are still well-adapted for underwater mountaineering, having short dactyli that help the animals secure a grip with minimal effort. These spider crabs have no reason to...

Full article: http://budak.blogs.com/the_annotated_budak/2013/08/sea-to...

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The Annotated Budak: Flower fly power by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Flower fly power by @budak

budak.blogs.com 29 Aug '13, 7am

Flower flies , they call them, in parts of the world where people had time to sit down in gardens and meadows, unperturbed...

The Annotated Budak: A berry good time by @budak

The Annotated Budak: A berry good time by @budak

budak.blogs.com 24 Aug '13, 3am

Crabs of all shapes and sizes roam the fringes of Pulau Sekudu , from the rocks that tower over slopes of rubble to the wa...

The Annotated Budak: A south landing by @budak

The Annotated Budak: A south landing by @budak

budak.blogs.com 22 Aug '13, 5am

A dead leaf, probably one from a sea hibiscus, also provided the means by which a masked burrowing crab was prevented from...

The Annotated Budak: Stage Flight by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Stage Flight by @budak

budak.blogs.com 02 Sep '13, 1am

Forelegs raised, with white socks that mimic the twitchy flagellomeres of stinging insects, and commanding a level blade o...

The Annotated Budak: Paradise crossed by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Paradise crossed by @budak

budak.blogs.com 19 Aug '13, 1am

The green metalwing, however, never returned, having lost its only remaining habitat of swift, shallow forest streams with...