Photo Courtesy of Brittany of AES
It's time for the Creature of the Week! This week, our critter is the spiny lobster! Now, the spiny lobster is not a true lobster. In fact, for those of you familiar with taxonomy, true lobsters and spiny lobsters share ...the same order (Decapoda), but then split into different Infraorders. For those of you who are not familiar with taxonomy, slipper lobsters are different from true lobsters in that they don't have claws (also known as chelae) on their front pairs of legs, they have long antennae covered in spines, and they have a unique larval stage. A recent discovery found something very unique about spiny lobsters: that in addition to being able to navigate using smells and tastes in the water, they can also navigate using the magnetic field of the Earth! Talk about sensitivity!
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