Invertebrate Zoology

drawer of mussel shells

#MolluskMonday, Unionidae or river mussels

Unionidae is a family of freshwater mussels with a global range. There are about 300 recognized species in North America alone. They’re also called river mussel...
A 53-inch blanket octopus washed ashore in Wilbur-by-the-Sea on Wednesday in remarkably good condition. Photo courtesy of Michael Brothers, Marine Science Center

Rare blanket octopus added to museum collection

A remarkably well-preserved blanket octopus washed ashore in Wilbur-by-the Sea Wednesday morning, offering “a rare glimpse of an animal that can’t easily be observed or collected,” said John Slapcinsky, invertebrate zoology collections manager at the...
Barnacle on whale

Five Facts: Barnacles

Five Facts About... Barnacles! Scientific name: Cirripedia (Infraorder) These barnacles are attached to the ventral pleats of a humpback whale calf. Photo...
Video still, sea cucumbers with Gustav Paulay

Sea Cucumbers, with Gustav Paulay (Watch)

Explore Research at the University of Florida: Gustav Paulay, curator of marine malacology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, explains sea cucumbers and ...
species, Triactis producta Fig2

Triactis producta, sea anemone

Figure 1: Whole individual from Moorea (Pacific Ocean) showing expanded tentacles and pseudotentacles. Triactis producta is the only species in the sea anemone (Actiniaria) genus Triactis (family Aliciidae). This species is found in shallow reefs...