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Spider-Fish, Spider-Fish.
Does what ever a spider wishes.
Won't spin a web, any size
It doesn't have complex eyes.
Look out, here comes the Spider-Fish.
Is it strong? Not so much.
It doesn't have muscles as such.
Can it swing from a thread?
Walks on the seafloor instead.
Hey there! There goes the Spider-Fish.
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Okay, so sea spiders are actually arthropods related to crustaceans and insects. But "Spider-Arthropod" just doesn't have quite the same ring to it! Sea spiders live in many ocean areas; this one was spotted in Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.
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#EarthIsBlue #SeaSpider #Pycnogonid #Spider #Ocean #SpiderMan #Arthropod #Nature #Weird (Photo: Greg McFall/NOAA)
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[Image description: A close-up view of a sea spider resting on a sponge. The sea spider is black and looks quite spidery, with a small central body and thin legs.]

#Repost from @mbari_news with @regram.app ... Among the stranger things that MBARI scientists see crawling around the deep seafloor are giant "sea spiders" or pycnogonids. They are very distant relatives of land spiders, scorpions, and horseshoe crabs. Shallow-water pycnogonids are typically a centimeter (1/3 inch) or less in size. However, several deep-sea species, such as this one, grow much larger. Most pycnogonids feed by inserting their proboscises into soft-bodied invertebrates, such as jellies or sea anemones, and then sucking the juices out. The bodies of some pycnogonids are so small that part of their digestive tract extends into their legs. ⠀
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#deepseaspider #deepsealife #pycnogonid #seaspider #spider #underwaterphotography #MBARI #seafloor #benthicbiology #ecology #deepseafloor #deepsealife #ocean #oceanlife #MontereyBay #ROV #lifeonearth

Among the stranger things that MBARI scientists see crawling around the deep seafloor are giant "sea spiders" or pycnogonids. They are very distant relatives of land spiders, scorpions, and horseshoe crabs. Shallow-water pycnogonids are typically a centimeter (1/3 inch) or less in size. However, several deep-sea species, such as this one, grow much larger. Most pycnogonids feed by inserting their proboscises into soft-bodied invertebrates, such as jellies or sea anemones, and then sucking the juices out. The bodies of some pycnogonids are so small that part of their digestive tract extends into their legs. ⠀
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#deepseaspider #deepsealife #pycnogonid #seaspider #spider #underwaterphotography #MBARI #seafloor #benthicbiology #ecology #deepseafloor #deepsealife #ocean #oceanlife #MontereyBay #ROV #lifeonearth

Male seaspider guarding his eggs found under boulder on the shore at Wembury.

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#caringfather #seaspider #pycnogonid #rockpool #rockpooling #ukseaside #macrophonephotography

Had a good time sorting through sediment and algae samples yesterday, found lots of interesting micro fauna!
Thanks to @bestwickjacob for letting me join in.
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An unknown species of sea-spider (pycnogonid). One of the reasons why I love studying marine sponges is because I am interested in all the small animals that call a sponge "home". This is why spongiologists like myself push for their conservation and protection. #fmnh #paulayslab #schizaslab #porifera #marinesponge #seaspider #spider #invertebrate #pycnogonid #coralreefs #reef #science #museum #museumcollection #biodiversity #wild #nature #microscope #conservation #sponge

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Although they look somewhat like land spiders, sea spiders are an entirely separate class of animals, known as pycnogonids. Pycnogonids are "suctorial" predators—most species feed by sucking the bodily fluids from other marine animals. Pycnogonids are fairly common in tide pools, but these intertidal species are typically small and hard to see. In contrast, deep-sea pycnogonids can grow to over 50 cm (20 inches) across, and spend much of their time on the open seafloor. This deep-sea pycnogonid hunches over a pom-pom anemone, with its proboscis inserted into one the anemone's tentacles. Apparently large anemones can survive numerous such attacks, providing a "renewable resource" for nearby pycnogonids. ⠀

#MBARI #deepsea #ocean #marinebiology #science #research #underwaterphotography #naturephotography #sealife #oceanlife #naturephotography #nature #wildlifephotography #wildlife #ROV #anemone #pompomanemone #spider #seaspider #pycnogonid

Although they look somewhat like land spiders, sea spiders are an entirely separate class of animals, known as pycnogonids. Pycnogonids are "suctorial" predators—most species feed by sucking the bodily fluids from other marine animals. Pycnogonids are fairly common in tide pools, but these intertidal species are typically small and hard to see. In contrast, deep-sea pycnogonids can grow to over 50 cm (20 inches) across, and spend much of their time on the open seafloor. This deep-sea pycnogonid hunches over a pom-pom anemone, with its proboscis inserted into one the anemone's tentacles. Apparently large anemones can survive numerous such attacks, providing a "renewable resource" for nearby pycnogonids. ⠀

#MBARI #deepsea #ocean #marinebiology #science #research #underwaterphotography #naturephotography #sealife #oceanlife #naturephotography #nature #wildlifephotography #wildlife #ROV #anemone #pompomanemone #spider #seaspider #pycnogonid

•Antarctica Series. Creatures and sights of the Scotia Arc.•⠀⠀⠀
Another sea spider (pycnogonid) from the Antarctic. This may be Ammothea clausi. It is more 'stocky' than Collosendeis, but it is still mostly legs. The small head and cylindrical proboscis are between the uppermost pair of legs, while the tiny abdomen is the little projection at the bottom between the last pair of legs.⠀
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•Antarctica Series. Creatures and sights of the Scotia Arc.•⠀⠀
Here is a closeup of the body of the sea spider (pycnogonid) in the antarctic 'Collosendeis megalonyx' species complex. Most of the animal really is legs. There is a small head where you can see several pairs of eyes. To the left of the eyes is the proboscis and chelae and to the right is the thorax from which the legs arise. There are four pairs of legs, but this does not meant they are very close to true spiders. In fact, there is another pair of legs tucked in under the others. This 5th pair of legs is used by males to carry the embryos. Yes, like seahorses and relatives, seaspiders are unusual animals in that the males are the ones who look after the 'gestating' young. Finally, at the end of the thorax (on the right) is a tiny stub-like abdomen. The irregular white patches on the body are actually another animal, colonial bryozoans.⠀
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•Antarctica Series. Creatures and sights of the Scotia Arc.•⠀
This is a sea spider (pycnogonid) in the 'Collosendeis megalonyx' species complex that occurs around Antarctica. These are giants of the pycnogonid domain, reaching 30 cm leg tip to leg tip and are spectacular to see alive, slowly crawling along. This beautifully colored one is from the Falkland Islands, though we also found the same color morph further into Antarctic waters. It turns out there are about 20 species in this species complex that eventually will need naming.⠀
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“Nudist Colony” // Quick break from Cabo Pulmo stuff. The process of finding a cool nudibranch sea slug often goes a little something like this:
“Ooh, cool, look at those eggs! Someone’s around... OOH yep yep, we got some hydroids right here, that’s like a sea slug luau, ‘Find the substrate, find the slug’ as they say, we’re getting clo... BOOYAH BABY!! *snapsnapsnapsnap*” That’s at least the process that happened for me to find this large white and orange Flabellina trilineata on a Channel Islands trip earlier this year. But one of my favorite parts of nudibranch photography is finding all the OTHER animals chilling in the frame that I absolutely did not mean to photograph— which went something like this: “Haha, check out that rad skeleton shrimp chilling on the hydroid branch at the top there… OH AND YOU’VE GOT AN AMPHIPOD BUDDY over on the top left there, what’s going ON?! Oh dude no wait a second, below the eggs, that ghostly, leggy, spindly looking son of a…. WE GOT A PYCNOGONID PEOPLE! PYCNOGONID SEA SPIDER Y’ALL, STOP THE ‘GRAMS. Oh and there’s two of them, oh damn, what is this even… AWW, NAAAH! No way, come ON! Lower right, tuft of cerata on the lowest hydroid: EUBRANCHUS RUSTYUS PHOTOBOMB. THIS IS A TWO-FER PEOPLE!!
This photo was left on the cutting room floor in the making of my 2018 Nudibranch Calendar: “Tasteful Nudes — Full Frontal Nudity!” Link to the order form is in my bio! Starts shipping first week of December! #shamelesslugplug #psthereareactyallythreepycnogonidsinthisphotodiscountonyourcalendartothefirstonetoDMmeaphotoidentifyingallthree

Yup, I found a sea spider 🤙 #pycnogonid #seaspider #yassss

Pantopod's Day Out "Where did that hole go?" #pantopod #pycnogonid #art #surreal #dark #weird #creepy

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Scientist aboard the RV Investigator holding a giant pycnogonid or sea-spider from the deep dark ocean abyss. #seaspider #pycnogonid #rvinvestigator #sealife

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