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This shot was taken at Pt Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia while searching for small intertidal nudi's. It made me look twice, it looked back at me, and i think we both thought WTF :)

 

It was about 10mm long.

 

Anyone got any clues as to what this is?

 

 

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Hi Peter --

Awwww, it's cute! It's an isopod. Family Arcturidae. A bit more information on your local ones here: http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?search=Arcturidae Dr. Gary Poore at Museum Victoria (I think) or George Wilson (Australian Museum) are lthe isopod authorities for your part of the world.

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Never seen anything like it! It is extremely cool.

 

/Bent C

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Ha ha, yes, I've had a few of these fellows in samples from sediment collected in the Arabian Gulf. Very cool, I've never seen one in situ before though. I also had no idea what mine were till I sent them to Gary Poore in Aus- Arcturidae as Leslie said, but I'm sure yours is a different species to the ones I found. You must have sharp eyes.

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I contacted Rachael King who had done her PHD on Parastacilla truculenta, and she believes its either this species(Parastacilla truculenta) or a new species. She couldn't tell for sure from the picture.

 

The pink colouration is apparently from nutrient pigments from its recent lunch. :)

 

I think this takes number 1 position from my previous leader in the wierdness stakes, the skeleton shrimp:

 

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