Here is a set of adorable (non stomatopod) animals that I have come across here at Lizard Island. I know, only two are arthropods, and I don’t usually like to post about cephalopods that aren’t being bludgeoned to death by mantis shrimp, but these are still really cute/awesome animals.
A baby blenny that rode our salt water system into the aquaria facility. Luckily he dropped into a cleaner wrasse tank, and not one of my mantis shrimp tanks.
A swimming isopod, caught at night. Many pelagic nocturnal creatures are attracted to light, so we bring them in with dive lights and scoop then up with fine mesh nets.
One of the thousands of small skinks around the station.
A baby cephalopod caught during a night dive. It is about a centimeter in size a is disgustingly adorable. Squeee! Check out the chromatophores and iridophores.
Finally, an ant that I found chugging the ink out of my fountain pen for over an hour last night. Its abdomen is usually brown, but has turned dark black as it filled with ink. Eventually she just wandered off, to a fate unknown. You may also notice some raw SCIENCE! in the background.