Posts written by r1chardwebber

New Zealand has a popular paddle crab (scientific name Ovalipes catharus) found at sandy beaches all round the country and often in fish shops, sometimes alive. I talked about paddle crabs and why they’re important during December’s episode of Science Live, Coastal Creatures.  Paddle crabs or swimming crabs are named for their back pair of legs which… Read more »

Hoards but not seen

  • A jar of 25 lots of Zeuxoides identified and labelled by Dr. Jürgen Sieg (© Te Papa, Richard Webber)
  • A jar of 25 lots of Zeuxoides identified and labelled by Dr Jurgen Sieg (Te Papa, photographer Richard Webber)
  • Graham Bird (right) and Rick Webber (Curator of Crustacea at Te Papa) collecting tanaids and other small invertebrates from gravel and algae in tide pools on Mana Island during the 2011 Mana Marine Bioblitz. (© Graham Bird).
  • Dr Graham Bird at work in his laboratory, examining tanaids under a microscope (© Graham Bird)

Hoards but not seen – the Tanaidacea Knowledge of a significant but seldom heard of group of crustaceans is getting a fresh boost. In its Crustacea section Te Papa has a good collection of New Zealand tanaids (tar-nay-ids) or ‘tanaidaceans’ (tar-nay-iday-see-ans). Tanaids are little marine crustaceans, mostly 2 – 5 millimetres long fully grown (see… Read more »