Miraculous Lobster

 

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Among no group of marine animals is metamorphosis more spectacular than many of the crustacea and amongst them the most bizarre story comes from our old friend the lobster, the spiny lobster and slipper lobsters in particular (Photo. 8). From the eggs that the female carries beneath her abdomen, hatch small and very flat, transparent and spindly larval phyllosomas, literally “leaf bodies” (Photo. 2). So long-legged are these animals, with their long, gawky stalked eyes, that they always appear cumbersome and inept (Photo. 1). In reality they are dead smart and should take the prize for cooperative living and long distance hitch-hiking (Photo. 3).

 

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