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"Biology thread", 6th Jan 2020, 4:41 PM #1
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Hey. So, I wasn't sure if there was already a thread about this sort of thing already, but here's a thread where you can discuss stuff pertaining to biology! I'm a massive biology nut and aspiring entomologist, so I thought it would be fun to connect with others who might be interested in similar stuff.

Anyway, talk about and share interesting articles, papers or just your favourite animals, plants or fungi, that sort of thing!

I'll start-I've been reading about a genus of ground beetles known as Epomis recently. They're a genus of ground beetle that is known to hunt down and eat amphibians such as frogs! I find them really fascinating. I would post a photo of them, but a lot of the pictures I've found of them are quite graphic, and I know not everyone probably wants to see that sort of thing...so instead here's another beetle I love, Dynastes hercules!

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Anyway yeah, let's talk biology!
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6th Jan 2020, 7:52 PM #2
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SupermarketCordyceps:...so instead here's another beetle I love, Dynastes hercules!


Quite a few of my Japanese elementary students had these or a similar species as pets. There's a whole array of accessories for them, including little gelatin cups for nutrition / hydration, litter, and plastic cages. They're impressively large and heavy.
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6th Jan 2020, 8:37 PM #3
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That's really cool, I know a bit about the beetle keeping hobby as I have kept a few species before which I had raised from larvae. I know it's a pretty huge hobby in Japan, I'd honestly want to visit Japan just to see some of these beetle shops, haha.
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6th Jan 2020, 9:45 PM #4
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*Matt Comics inevitably appears in a thread about underrated animals*

I've been reading stuff about mushrooms lately, but nothing too specific to one species or another. I'm just trying to understand those things better.

however, I did research something awfully specific earlier today: worm mouths!

why? well, my latest supervillain is a human-sized worm, and while I don't mind drawing him like a minimalistic pink snake, I thought it'd be cool to have a biologically accurate mouth to distinguish him from everyone else.

so it turns out earthworms got a prostomium above their mouth, and it looks like a fleshy lip with sensory organs. they basically got a c: face! the more you know!



nice Kuwagamon avatar, btw.
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7th Jan 2020, 4:56 AM #5
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I'm an ecologist by trade, so I'm definitely popping in here to talk shop / answer any questions you wanna ask / look at and talk about dope animals
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7th Jan 2020, 9:27 AM #6
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SupermarketCordyceps: ...reading about a genus of ground beetles known as Epomis recently. They're a genus of ground beetle that is known to hunt down and eat amphibians such as frogs! I find them really fascinating. I would post a photo of them, but a lot of the pictures I've found of them are quite graphic, and I know not everyone probably wants to see that sort of thing...so instead here's another beetle I love, Dynastes hercules!

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Ah ! Those big buggers ! I live in S.E.Queensland, Australia, and worked odd hours as a mainframe computer operator, for years... mostly I drove, bu sometimes took the train into Brisbane. If I did that for a midnight start, at certain times of the year, walking across this elevated concrete pathway, past the everlasting flame veterans memorial, it would be absolutely covered in them !! I mean SO covered, it was hard to avoid crunching a few, despite doing my utmost NOT to !
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7th Jan 2020, 9:40 AM #7
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Oh thank god there are other people who genuinely like arthropods
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7th Jan 2020, 10:54 AM #9
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These cute little homies were on my door step a couple months ago
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Also here are some pics of my Mastigoproctus giganteus (large images)




Haven't sexed it but it is a vicious eater while still extremely docile.
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7th Jan 2020, 4:31 PM #10
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ooh, a whip "scorpion"! been a while since I saw/heard about one. they look friendly!

fun fact, remember when I said I like harvestmen? Phalangium opilio and company? according to Wikipedia, whip scorpions were originally classified as Phalangium species. I'm guessing Phalangium used to be a catch-all genus for several arachnids. outdated trivia, but quite interesting.

also morbid curiosity kicked in and I looked up Epomis beetles and oh boy. those poor frogs. beware the small ones indeed.
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7th Jan 2020, 4:42 PM #11
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Awesome to see others here who share the enthusiasm for biology!

@Amphurious01-I know a little bit about these beetles from a forum for beetle breeding I used to browse. I always find predatory beetles like these interesting, especially considering all the beetles I've raised in the past were all herbivorous.

@Shekets-That's a really beautiful Thelyphonid! I love their appendages, they look so cool.

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Anyone here like the insects of the order Embioptera? They're commonly referred to as webspinners, they have a very interesting life cycle and have glands on their forelegs that produce silk. As their name suggests, they create webs that they live inside.

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They don't seem to be as well known as the other orders of insect (at least where I am), so that makes them more fascinating to me.
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7th Jan 2020, 7:53 PM #12
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I'm from the southern US so I thought I was used to some weird ass bugs and big ones too, but since moving to Canada I've seen a new one-

House centipedes (Scutigera coleoptrata)

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These guys are great, they eat all of the nasty bugs and don't bite us and are only poisonous if you are foolish enough to eat one.
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7th Jan 2020, 9:05 PM #13
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You all are talking about insects but I love frogs so much i'm so sorry if I wasnt studying evolutionary biology I'd be a herpatologist
Like look at big binch called BEELZEBUFO
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Or at this nakes ugly thing
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Or perhaps look at this Tomato frog, which is clear sign that not only god exist, but that also they are good
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Did you know that when a male toad wants to make toad babies with a female toad he just sits on top of her and waits? Did you know that sometimes another male toad will sit on top of those two and then the bottom toad man will make a hiss and shriek like a demon straight from hell? Now you do. Go pester some toads trying to have some private time and check it out yourself!
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Look at those two handsome men of Rana arvalis species. Aren't they charming
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8th Jan 2020, 4:22 PM #14
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8th Jan 2020, 6:31 PM #15
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Ah Beelzebufo, a fine prehistoric animal! I love amphibians too, I always found the stuff about their metamorphosis (or lack of it, in certain cases such as Axolotls) absolutely fascinating. I've always wanted to keep a frog of some kind as a pet...someday.

On another note, here's a really interesting article I found about sight in brittle stars.
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yeah frogs are cool too. speaking of unusual relationships, some species in the Microhylidae family are best friends with tarantulas! the frog protects the spider's eggs, and the spider protects the frog and allows it to eat insects and such. I really want to reference this with a frog/tarantula team or something equally fun.

this old article details this mutualistic relationship.

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SupermarketCordyceps:On another note, here's a really interesting article I found about sight in brittle stars.

I've just read it, and that reminds me of chitons and their aragonite-based eyes!
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So years ago i stumbled across a website called japanesebugfights.com it is what it sounds like. It is pretty immoral i guess making different creatures fight to see who is strongest.

So the giant centipede is the absolute champion and can destroy anything. The second place is giant hornet.

I thought you guys might find that interesting.

Also i love the owl fly, if you dont know it please look it up a cute fluffy body dragonfly wings and big antennae like a butterfly. Its larvae is also completely insane, like an ant lion but with these gross alien nobules all over.

Also i live on a small island that doesnt have sewage. Like pipes just go into the ground and sometimes crazy things crawl up from drains

One time there was a huge hammerhead worm in my bathtub. They are the biggest flat worms gray with black stripes so fucking freaky. They eat regular worms
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I've been binging on deep sea life videos lately. This one crept onto my list and well, just watch this thing. It's bizarre, but the movement is so beautiful. It's called a Squidworm. It really makes me think of something that could have been living under a frozen ocean on another world. The underwater world is truly fascinating.

The Squidworm
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Quantum Biology is one of my interests. The idea that consciousness may be quantum related on the cellular level. We still can't figure it out on a purely biochemical level. And then there is the idea that the simplest photosynthetic bacteria (ancestors of all plants) could have quantum entangled elements. It may be a reason that some believe that plants seem to understand certain sounds.
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Quantum biology, eh? I've heard the term thrown around before in some books I've read, but I never thought to look into it beyond that. Sounds very interesting though, I've always been fascinated by ideas around consciousness in living organisms. Thanks for the link to the article, I'll need to read that properly at some point.

On a completely different note: sea angels!

I love these cute little molluscs. They're very interesting, as they're actually shell-less sea snails that use their specialised "wings" to move around the waters of the deep sea. They look a lot like cnidarians to me rather than molluscs. I guess that makes them more endearing!
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