More sex = shorter life 

Mum saw an article about my research in The Herald Sun and cut it out. Thanks Mum! 

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This stomatopod made some fancy renovations

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I was just checking on my stomatopods today and noticed this guy had added some decorations to his refuge. The red tape is his ID number and usually the floats around the tank. However it seems as though he’s attached it to one end of his refuge.  A lot of the shrimp seem to like having one end blocked off, presumably so it’s easier to defend their refuge from other organisms.  Usually they just add rocks to one end but this shrimp has gone fancy!

I have new pods! And they are cute.

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I got 27 new stomatopods delivered on Tuesday! It’s so exciting when I get the email from the front office telling me I have a package. I quickly rush them to The Pod (yes, I that is what I call the lab) and check that they are all alive. Then I slowly acclimate them to lab conditions throughout the rest of the day. These photos are of the stomatopods still in the bags they arrive in, slowly acclimating to temperature and water conditions.

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This photo of a sandy coloured female is one of my favourites. You can just see the purple meral spot poking out. The photo really shows that this colourful patch is pretty well hidden most of the time. But it does get shown to competitors (or sometimes me!) during threat displays. It seems that the colour of the spot is used as a signal during these fights (but more on that in another blog post!).