Tiny orange crustaceans on sponges, etc.
Posted 08 January 2004 - 06:06 PM
Which ones are we talking about now? The little orange ones? Or are all of the photos that have been posted the same species? (forget it. i just took a look back at the three photos, and they all look the same).
I've been forwarding stuff to the wakatobi folks, so they can confuse their next set of guests when someone asks "what the little orange things are."
Posted 04 October 2004 - 07:13 PM
<http://www.nhm.org/g...04/h0705ax.htm> and which is a Santia. Niels mentioned he was working on other Santia from the Indo-Pacific. I found out today that at least some of his specimens belong to the genus Uromunna and these look much closer to Eric's little orange guys than my Santia. See http://oeb.harvard.e...ul_isopods.html
The really neat thing about these guys - both Caribbean & Indo-Pacific - is that they're covered with a layer of symbiotic cyanobacteria. That's the fluffy orange stuff in Eric's image & the red spheres in mine. The cyanobacteria provide a chemical defense to the little critters, allowing the isopods to freely move about without being eaten by predators. Apparently the isopods eat it as well which would make their flesh as nasty tasting as the cyanobacteria itself.
Posted 05 October 2004 - 10:04 AM
Uromunna from the Indo-Pacific
Santia from the Caribbean
If you look at the main isopod page the name Santia milleri is under the wrong image; it should be moved down one.
Posted 17 September 2005 - 03:20 AM
I first noticed the critters you mention in Manado in 2003. Since then, I've seen them in lots of places in Malaysia and Indonesia.
I've got a couple of pictures to share. Unfortunately, I never seem to have the right lens when I spot these guys.
On the second photo, you can just make out one of them carrying small juveniles (?) on its back.
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Posted 17 September 2005 - 12:51 PM
sand-clad polychaetes on an orange sponge? PLEASE POST!!
Posted 17 September 2005 - 12:53 PM
Posted 17 September 2005 - 01:11 PM
I have the photo ready to post. I just resampled it to reduce size and hopefully it will post. This is also one of Eric Cheng's photos from Rajah Ampat. Judy
Posted 17 September 2005 - 01:27 PM
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Posted 17 September 2005 - 06:00 PM
I'll post a high(er) res version in a different thread. Let's get these on their own thread!
Posted 17 September 2005 - 07:05 PM
Posted 18 September 2005 - 10:34 AM
Never mind. I see you've posted more worm pictures in a new thread. All is forgiven!
Posted 22 September 2005 - 01:39 PM
Believe me, I have the oldest books on the planet. I had no idea you were so possessive of worm photos. Here's one for you. I was looking at this Dendronephthya and realized there was a polychaete worm wrapped around a branch: my guess is that it is Odontosyllis sp.
I took this at Albatross Pass near Three Island Harbor just north-west of Kavieng, in PNG.