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Sea Spider

Pantopoda

Description:

Sea spiders have long legs in contrast to a small body size. The number of walking legs is usually eight (four pairs), but species with five and six pairs exist. Because of their small size and thin body and legs, no respiratory system is necessary, with gases moving by diffusion. A proboscis allows them to suck nutrients from soft-bodied invertebrates, and their digestive tract has diverticula extending into the legs.

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AlbertKang
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AlbertKang

Malaysia

Spotted on Nov 28, 2011
Submitted on Mar 4, 2014

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