Weird Creatures From the Deep- page 4 | Science | Smithsonian
Current Issue
July / August 2014  magazine cover
Subscribe

Save 81% off the newsstand price!

The Australian Dragonfish (Dr. Julian Finn, Museum Victoria)

Weird Creatures From the Deep

A massive census of the oceans has turned up a trove of strange marine wildlife, from jellyfish to octopuses to anemones

Spider-Conch-4

Spider conch
(Brian Wolly)
China is one of the 25 areas targeted by the Census of Marine Life, and its seabeds have the greatest density of different species. The spider conch (Lambis chiragra), a gastropod mollusk with six fingerlike projections sticking out of its shell, is one of these seabed dwellers. Female spider conchs can grow to be up to eight inches larger than males, though the apertures, or openings, of male shells tend to be more brightly colored.

Comment on this Story

comments powered by Disqus