Kymborhynchus maxima At first glance, 'maxima' may not be the specific title one thinks of when observing this living wind-up toy. However, it was given to it after comparing to its relative, K. leptarhynchus, a needle-nosed shrimp-predator that makes K. maxima look like a veritably armored submarine. K. maxima is commonly seen at night, at the top of the water column, pursuing small planktonic diademaspids. Acanthomartello bakiata, better known as the 'electric pinecone.' A. bakiata has many admirers among research laboratories, as these luminescent grazers never fail to delight with its hurried, scurrying swimming. A. bakiata is nocturnal, coming out under cover of darkness to feed on gorgonozoan polyps, as well as particular gelatinazoan species. Xylocephalos megalochasma is a relative of Glyphasquatina sp that is found on sandy bottoms throughout the coastlines of the world. Unlike Glyphasquatina, the larvae of Xylocephalos are planktonic, and thus, account for the wide distribution. Although the larvae have fully functional eyes, the eyes do not grow as they mature, and the adults are effectively blind. Arenapupa megaops, also known as the 'sand doll,' is an unusual benthic xenocephalid with functional eyes, unlike its relatives, Glyphasquatina, and Xylocephalos. As a rule, A. megaops takes very small prey, because, although it has a capacious mouth, its relatively weak beak prevents it from subduing substantial food-items.
Rudy Kaplan went to China with his girlfriend Lonnie, and his best friend, Gill. Let's just say that he's brought back a big problem, in that, he's now a weretiger. Pictures by A. Lew Lashmit and Paul C. Diggs.