The journal BioEssays has a lovely series called "My favorite animal", in which biologists get to wax rhapsodic about their favorite creatures. It's a great idea, since not only does it mean we get some enthusiastic writing, but more exposure is given to organismal biology. I read so many papers that go on and on about some specific molecule and in which the only illustrations are photos of gels and blots that it's nice to see whole animals for a change.
This month, Arthur and Chipman wrote about a centipede, Strigamia maritima, and its development—so not only do I get animals, I get embryos. Oh, happy day!
Continue reading "Strigamia maritima" (on Pharyngula)