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Crustaceans: Armored Warriors in the Sea
2/1 – 3/31, 2018
By Huang Hsing-chuo

Crustacean, any member in the Phylum Arthropoda, is a group of invertebrate animals found mainly in water. When you think of crustaceans, you probably think of the big lobsters in the tank at the seafood market or the delicacy at your table. But the familiar crabs, lobsters, and shrimps are only a few examples of this order’s vastness and incredibly varied diversity. According to marine scientists, over 52,000 species of crustaceans can be found in virtually every aquatic environment on earth, from the freezing Arctic to hostile toxic springs, and include a dizzying array of predators, scavengers, herbivores, and parasites. They have occupied almost every conceivable niche within the aquatic environment.

In addition to providing humans valuable sources of food, crustaceans, from the smallest krill to the largest horseshoe crab, are an integral part to the ecological environment where they live. Yet, we have to admit that we still know very little about these armored warriors in water, even marine biologists would assume that they were watching the latest sci-fi movie as they see some peculiar looking crustaceans during their expeditions.

In this virtual exhibition “Crustaceans: Armored Warriors in the Sea” curated by the Museum's researcher Huang Hsing-chuo, twelve bizarre crustaceans such as Pleistacantha oryx, Enoplolambrus validus, Ibacus ovemdentatus, Liagore rubromaculata, Lophozozymus pictor, Oratosquillina interrupta, Calappa japonica, Eumunida funambulus, Jonas distinctus, Linuparus trigonus, Nephropsis stewarti, and Charybdis granulate & Chelonibia patula are introduced in details.

This exhibit is shown on-line and not in physical space such as a gallery. It is accessible to anyone who has access to the Internet and other Internet service providers.

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