The First Venomous Crustacean Found by the Scientists
Scientists found the first venomous crustacean called remipede
Scientists found the first venomous crustacean called remipede. It is a centipede-like creature that lives in underwater caves. It liquefies its prey with a compound similar in nature to rattlesnake's poison. It has its habitat in underwater caves of the Caribbean, Canary Islands and Western Australia. It feeds on other crustaceans.
Crustacean’s venom contains a complex cocktail of toxins, including enzymes and a paralysing agent. The above findings are published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.
The remipede (Speleonectes tulumensis) breaks down body tissues with its venom and then sucks out a liquid meal from its prey's exoskeleton. This study will help improve our understanding of the evolution of animal venoms.