Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Back to basics

The isopods are the perfect example of crustaceans that have adapted to life in a terrestrial habitat. However, some of them have opted for a return to the aquatic world, an evolutionary move which finds parallels in other animal groups as diverse as molluscs, reptiles and mammals.

The above picture shows the woodlouse Sphaeroma sp., found beneath a rock in the Salini marshes, a unique ecosystem which features one of the very few brackish water habitats in the Maltese Islands.

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