Scientists have discovered the world's first venomous crustaceans off the coast of Western Australia. The report by the London's Natural History Museum, states that small centipede like creatures resides in deep water caves in the Caribbean and the Canary Islands.
The blind `remipede' kills other crustaceans by liquefying them. They do so with the help of a compound similar to frangs of the rattle snake. The blind `remipede' after inducing their prey suck out the liquefied meal from the exoskeleton of their victim's body.
Dr. Bjoern von Reumont, zoologist at Natural History Museum, discovered along with his team that there are some chemicals present in the venom glands of blind `remipede'. These chemicals also include paralyzing toxin, which makes the body senses go out of control and breaks the nervous system of an animal.
Dr. Ronald Jenner, Museum zoologist, said that the `remipede's' style of attacking is unique, as it injects its venom in its prey in the way the spider does. He said that this is really a great adaptation for these blind creatures, who love to live in nutrient-poor underwater caves.
"While they can be as varied as tiny water fleas, krill, crabs and barnacles, not one of the approximately 70,000 described species of crustaceans was known to be venomous", said Jenner.
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