Impurest's Guide to Animals #37 - Parborlasia corrugatus

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A Happy Samhain to all my Pagan and Wicca friends and a happy All Hallows Eve to everyone else (well in two days anyway. And the Cuteness stops here, made extinct along with the very soon to vanish Vaquita. As much as I'd like to say enjoy this Issue I know I’d probably be lying.

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Issue #37 - Antarctic Proboscis Worm

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Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Nemerta

Class – Anopla

Order – Hetroemerta

Family – Cerebratulidae

Genus – Parborlasia

Species – corrugatus

Related Species - The Proboscis Worm is one of almost 500 species of Nemertean Worm found in the family Cerebratulidae (1)

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Killer Ribbon

The Antarctic Proboscis Worm is a large ribbon worm that grows up to 2m in length and a width of 2cm. The colouration of the species ranges from cream to black, but despite this all colourations are not distinct enough to have their own subspecies. The Proboscis Worm breathes through its skin, and in water where oxygen levels are low it flattens itself to increase its surface area in order to increase oxygen absorption rates. Unlike some worm species the Proboscis Worm isn’t a hermaphrodite and requires a partner to reproduce.

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Like the majority of Marine Worms the Proboscis Worm is both a predator and a scavenger, and uses a barbed proboscis for catching prey. Using a rudimentary ‘water jet’ system in a cavity inside the head, the worm can fire it’s proboscis at prey before dragging it back towards the worm itself (2). Despite their size Proboscis Worms have no natural predators thanks to a chemical defensive system that releases a powerful acid into the water around them

Right now you probably think the terror is over…

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Well they don't call me Impurest for nothing. As fitting the time of year I bring you the Proboscis Worm’s neighbour…

Issue #37a - Eulagisca gigantea

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Kingdom – Animalia

Phylum – Annelidia

Class – Polycheta

Order – Aciculata

Family – Polynoidae

Genus – Eulagisca

Species – gigantea

Related Species - Eulagisca gigantea is a polychete worm. Not surprisingly it’s distantly related to another creature featured in Impurest’s Guide to Animals; the Bobbit Worm (1)

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The Armoured Worm

Eulagisca gigantea is a worm that grows up to eight inches long and is covered with tiny protective scales across their body. Sprouting from the flanks of the worm are multiple sensory bristles to detect changes in water quality, temperature and any movement in the immediate area. Around the head are numerous palaps and tentacles to aid the tiny eyes of Eulagisca gigantea to navigate the world around it (3).

Unsurprisingly Eulagisca gigantea is predatory and sports a large pair of jaws, up to three inches in length that retracts into the head of the worm when not in use. Inside the mouth are a pair of grinding fangs that are used to crunch through the shells of crustaceans. Presumably Eulagisca gigantea has natural predators or it wouldn't have need for the armoured scales it possesses, although at current said predator has yet to be observed interacting with the potential prey species.

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Bibliography

1 - www.arkive.org

2 - http://peterbrueggeman.com/nsf/fguide/nemertina.pdf

3 - http://eol.org/pages/406461/overview

Picture References

1 - http://may.plumbweb.net/etc/Taxons/images/nemer.jpg

2 - http://invertebrates.si.edu/antiz/distribution_maps.cfm?taxa=7108

3 - http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b8/Proboscis_worm.JPG

4 - http://blogs.c.yimg.jp/res/blog-62-b9/baruzi1968/folder/807655/68/53715368/img_1?1377608459

5 - http://invertebrates.si.edu/antiz/distribution_maps.cfm?taxa=4147

6 - http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/9/8/5/143985.jpg?v=1

Well there you go; two Antarctic Worm Species that will make you rethink that polar SCUBA diving expedition. Next week we future an insect that takes ‘body armour’ to a whole new extreme but until then, comment, query and of course check out past issues in Impurest’s Bestiary.

Have a Merry Samhain

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#2  Edited By deactivated-5c901e667a76c  Moderator

It looks like an intestine with a xenomorph tongue.

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@xwraith: Which one? They both kind of look like intestines

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#4  Edited By deactivated-5c901e667a76c  Moderator

@impurestcheese: The proboscis worm. And the armored worm is the xenomorph-looking one.

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#5  Edited By ImpurestCheese

@xwraith: I thought as much. Definitely not a 'cute' Issue

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As movies and real world zoology teaches us, nothing good comes from Antarctica.

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The second worm is freaky. I like polycheates for the most part but man those parapodia.......

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@cattlebattle: I don't know there's all those penguins and seals. No scratch that you're right

@laflux: Yeah not so worried about the feet, more concerned that it can hide it's head inside it's own body

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@cattlebattle: I don't know there's all those penguins and seals. No scratch that you're right

Well considering a scientist was killed by a leopard seal, even the latter is debatable.....

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@impurestcheese: 'This is by far the most interesting thing I've saw all day. i am looking forward to the future guides!

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Nice stuff :)

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Eulagisca gigantea looks like something someone made in the Spore character creator. Except, you know, less penis-y.

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@impurestcheese: Penguins can be quite temperamental. I was bit by one one time.....true story.

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@squares: And twice as evil?!

@cattlebattle: You don't have to tell me that. Penguins are just velociraptors that can survive the cold

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@cattlebattle: You don't have to tell me that. Penguins are just velociraptors that can survive the cold

Basically, especially the crested penguins, they even look all kind of dinosaur-like

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@cattlebattle: Yep but there are more dinosaur like birds out there. A few issues (10 maybe?) back we had what was essentially a velociraptor right down to the sickle claw on the foot. It trolled @laflux so hard because he couldn't figure out what it was too

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I didnt plan on sleeping tonight anyways

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Ewww I feel itchy just looking at it! >_<

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@bumpyboo said:

Ewww I feel itchy just looking at it! >_<

This.

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@cgoodness: That's me the provider of nightmare fuel :-)

@kingvenus, @bumpyboo: Yeah a description I once heard was of a dustpan brush with a pair of manky teeth inside. Accurate?

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Creepy... thanks for giving me nightmares. ^_^

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@cattlebattle: Yep but there are more dinosaur like birds out there. A few issues (10 maybe?) back we had what was essentially a velociraptor right down to the sickle claw on the foot. It trolled @laflux so hard because he couldn't figure out what it was too

Yes, it did -_-

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I don't even...the retractable mouth? And then, the other with the spikes all over? (shivers)

One looking like an intestine is bad enough, but the other looking like some kind of nasty enema brush is just, wrong.

No spaghetti dinner tonight.

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@dboyrules2011: You're welcome and I did warn you

@ms-lola: Thanks for voicing your revulsion. I agree both species really do exhibit some horrible biological features

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@ms-lola said:

I don't even...the retractable mouth? And then, the other with the spikes all over? (shivers)

One looking like an intestine is bad enough, but the other looking like some kind of nasty enema brush is just, wrong.

No spaghetti dinner tonight.

Funniest comment I've read in awhile.

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