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Posts tagged crustaceans

September 9, 2015


blue crab on sand bar

Amazing Crabs        

When in between exoskeletons, blue crabs rely on an inner hydrostatic skeleton to move about.

July 22, 2015


shrimp shells

Chitosan: the New Plastic?   

Scientists have developed a natural, biodegradeable plastic from chitinous crustacean shells.

September 29, 2014


Cooked shrimp in shells

Plastic From Shrimp

Shrilk—a mixture of silk and shrimp shells—is a game-changer for biodegradable plastics.

November 5, 2008


Crayfish in Water

Urine Signalling, Part 2

We found that lobsters and crayfish communicate by shooting streams of urine into each others' faces. Now, we look at urine signaling from the receiver's end.

November 4, 2008


Crayfish on Rock

Urine Signalling, Part 1

It's strange, but true: lobsters and crayfish communicate by shooting streams of urine at each other. It sounds bad, but many animals produce this as language.

February 7, 2006



Whale Fall

When whale carcasses fall to the sea floor, they become food for a vast and complex array of ocean creatures, a community called a whale fall.

November 13, 2003


Amazing Crabs

Learn about the differences between soft-shelled and hard-shelled crabs on this Moment of Science.

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