Jul 16, 2007

Simple Solicitation

Erg. Alas for my lack of Korean-reading-skills (yes, I got this from a Korean site). Can anyone tell me what these are? I would hazard a guess, but I'd be wrong, and then a bunch of you would post the right answer and then I'd feel stupid. I'll forgo that pain and simply solicit your guesses.

Thanks for the link, Jessica. You have a good eye for ugly.

Photo source: Hani.co.kr

26 comments:

fmsaziri said...

Hmmm..they look like some kind of babies horseshoe crabs to me..

Denita TwoDragons said...

Ooh! They're TRIOPS! I love triops--they're incredibly easy to hatch. A big novelty, on the same par as Sea Monkeys. I think they're related to brine shrimp, too, only they're freshwater critters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triops

--TwoDragons

Anonymous said...

We had one of these as an office pet for a few months. The marketing material with his tank reffered to him as an 'Aquasaur!! George was very entertaining! He grew very quickly but, alas, he also died sooner than advertised. Bummer. We think perhaps it was due to bad karma caused by us feeding him a co-workers sea monkeys without expressed permision from said co-worker.

Anonymous said...

totally baby horseshoe crabs. cuuuuuute!

CaseyL said...

I thought baby 'shoecrabs, too, but for the lashes on the tails.

Triops, you say? Are they adults? It's amazing how much they look like trilobites, when (SFAIK) trilobites have no direct descendants at all.

Bluejack said...

I think these are perfectly cute when they are cuddled up in the palm of your hand.

When they're larger, and their tail is round your neck, and their fingers are clamped around your head, and they have a feeding tube down your esophagus... not so cute.

Little Tart said...

Do we eat them?

Anonymous said...

They're not baby horseshoe crabs. Baby horseshoe crabs are more transparent.

Anonymous said...

We used to find these in standing water after a big rain usually in roadside ditches. But I never did know what they were. But they're not horseshoe crabs. And this was in Kansas so it's not near any ocean. It was also not near any lake or pond.

Anonymous said...

Yep, they're Triops - described on Zooillogix as "sea monkeys on steroids".

pkeli said...

This is so funny to see these guys--I've been considering getting some Triops for a while now! I'd rather have a dog but these could be fun to live with... Zooillogix has a video (YouTube) of a Triops eating corn that's kind of fun to watch, and http://mytriops.com is a great site for information.

Anonymous said...

Triops. I have raised them many times
but they are like "Highlander" you start with many "But there can be only one!" so after some time they eat each other (even though you feed them) and then there is just one big fat very strong Triops left.
The Champion!

Raging Wombat said...

Disturbing, Bluejack. I like it.

Anonymous said...

You know what these look like? Has anyone seen the movie "Alien" (one of the greatest movies of all time)? Now imagine if the alien pooped out a bunch of babies...voila.

Anonymous said...

Actually, they look more like the mind control bug that was put in Chekov's ear in that Star Trek movie.

Anonymous said...

These are Triops longicaudatus (LeConte) from a rice field somewhere in Korea. I read they are in the endangered species list of Korea, dispite the fact they are widely raised pets :)

Jade said...

Triops indeed. These are really awesome little critters. You can buy them at Walmart, even. I think everyone should check them out sometime! :)

Anonymous said...

TRIOPS!! go to hobby lobby. when they lay their little pink eggs, you can use a pipette to suction them out, dry them, and then grow a whole new generation of triops! freakin' brilliant! one time, my triops tank got crazy worms. i had to let the ecosystem dry out. worms are scary. so easy to raise! i can barely raise a plant, but i've had generations and generations and generations of triops. if you buy real aquatic plants for them and you go awol for a while, they won't die!

Mea said...

They're adorable!

They're triops.

They're like new age sea monkeys. XD

I don't think they're ugly...I actually think they're kinda cute.

Rootietoot said...

They look like something a Klingon would stick in your ear. Those long things on their tails are the handles to pull them back out with.

Ali H said...

Anonymous- I used to raise yabbies (freshwater crayfish) as pets and had to give it up- the eating each other thing was a little too disturbing in the end. I'd get all attached to one and then pow, it'd lose the latest fight, and be but a poor sad shell in the water...
It is a little Highlander-esque, isn't it?

Arachnophile said...

TRIOPS!! I almost missed the TRIOPS post.

I love these little guys. I've been thinking of introducing them to my animal family for some time. Did you know there's actually a "Triops Forever" yahoo group you can join to get all sorts of tips to caring for your prehistoric looking lil' critters.

Bleimanimal said...

So cute. Looks like they want to just burrow into this guy's hand and live inside his body during a larval stage.

We had a good triops video on our site a few weeks ago http://zooillogix.blogspot.com/2007/06/sea-monkeys-on-steroids.html

Raging Wombat said...

Ooh. Very nice. Good links, too.

Nonexistant Black Feather said...

About endangered species... some species are endangered in the wild, like these triops might be. Also, I remember hearing about an ornamental tree in the US that's endangered in the wild, since it's not found in it's native habitat, but is incredibly abundant in captivity. Bizarre.

Anonymous said...

Say a few puddles chock full of these in the desert on the Ariz. Utah border. But they were way bigger than these. most were 2 to 3 inches long, some were close to 4 inches.