|Photograph by Alexander G. Cheroske
Larval Dreams: Neogonodactylus oerstedii
An absolutely beautiful pic by Alex Cheroske of a stomatopod larvae under red light. Even at this early age, the vicious raptorial appendages are fairly well-developed and already primed for action. The picture was taken in red light because Alex was working on measuring its photopigments. Overall length of the larvae was about 2 mm.
Alex studies color signaling in stomatopods. In particular, he studies how stomatopods communicate with one another at varying depths and at varying stages of their life cycles by matching changes in body coloration with changes to their visual components.
He notes in his web site that:
Read more about this fascinating subject by visiting his web page.
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