In Western Australia, the Caribbean and the Canary Islands was identified by researchers the first poisonous shellfish called remipede and resembles centipede while living in underwater caves. The remipede, which is blind, liquefies it’s prey, which is other shellfish, with a chemical similar to that of a rattlesnake. It then sucks the content leaving intact the exoskeleton of the victim. The poison gland, has been seriously considered by scientists at the Natural History Museum of Australia and among other substances they detected a paralyzing neurotoxin.
This kind of immobilization technique and eating the prey is not found in any other shellfish, scientists say, while the development of the venom is a very successful adaptation of the species, which live in an environment poor in nutrients. It is striking that none of the 70,000 crustacean species recorded so far is not poisonous.
Crustaceans belong to the arthropods and include among others prawns, lobsters and crayfish. Another type of crustacean with particular hunter characteristics is the shrimp, which literally bites the victim to death.
According to zoologists, there are two ways to eat an animal thats larger. Either by being stronger or being poisonous. Experts continue to study the novel and interesting discoveries await in the near future.
By Nicole P.