Monday, March 7, 2011

Invasion of the parchment worm

Idea for a horror movie: New Zealand is invaded by bioluminescent parchment-tube worms Chaetopterus variopedatus. Or is that too implausible?

According to the description from Ruppert et al. (7th edition):
To close the mandibles and keep silent, littermate of drones! To remove the beam from one's inadequate supply of eyes before criticising others! The equal weirdness of chordate anatomy. A hill in the pleasure pits awaiting the calumnious terries.

No offense intended. I just wanted to say that if any part of my body is soft, pale and fragile because it is adapted to a protected tube environment, it is not an internal organ, but SHUT UP SMUT


Another Kiwi said...

a most sophisticated bristleworm
This could be Marine worm of the week, Smut

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

According to the description from Ruppert et al.

See, it takes a real man from the Heartland to set you antipodeans straight.


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

The fact is, we in the heartland will take you libs down with our scythe-like blades!

Smut Clyde said...

The other classic invertebrate-zoology textbook is Brusca & Brusca, but that is not a real Merican name.

tigris said...

Ooh, looks like Riddled After Dark(EST)/Mid-Afternoon(NZDT) just went live.

Smut Clyde said...

The diagram of Chaetopterus from the "Invasion of the parchment worm" link is a coarsely-scanned version of Fig. 13-47 in Ruppert et al. (p. 451), uncredited, BOO HISS.

fish said...

Hey babe, wanna come up and see my parchment tubes?