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    Discovery of the First Poisonous Crustacean

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    Researchers have discovered the first poisonous crustacean, called a remipede, which is an animal similar to a centipede.

    Researchers have discovered the first poisonous crustacean, called a remipede, which is an animal similar to a centipede.

    They are blind and live in underwater caves in the Caribbean, the Canary Islands and in Western Australia.


    They feed on the insides of other crustaceans after liquefying them using venom that contains a poison similar to what is found in the fangs of rattlesnakes along with a variety of other toxins.



    After using their venom, they suck the liquid out of the exoskeleton of their prey.



    Co-author of the study Doctor Ronald Jenner, a zoologist from London’s Natural History Museum said: “The spider-like feeding technique of the remipede is unique among crustaceans. This venom is clearly a great adaptation for these blind cave-dwellers that live in nutrient-poor underwater caves.”



    There are around 70 thousand different species of crustaceans known to science and none of them have been found to be venomous until now.



    The crustacean family, which includes such a variety of animals as crabs, shrimp, lobster, krill and waterfleas along with the remipede, are mostly aquatic, with some exceptions.


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