When one thinks of Paris, one envisions all sorts of exotic and wonderous experiences- postcards, people, exotic burlesque shows, and food...
From the perspective of a biologist, the museum in Paris is EQUALLY exotic!
Why? Because the Paris museum (the French equivalent to the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History) receives MANY specimens from exotic, deep-sea locales around the world.
Because I don't typically get access to many of these specimens, I thought I would share some choice samples from the collections with all of you..
How exotic are these?
Well, to start-I'm not entirely certain that everything I'm showing you below has actually been described in the scientific literature... MANY new species await discovery in the French vaults..
I wrote a blog about a similar cidaroid sea urchin called Psychocidaris. (click here to see!)
Here's a big, deep-sea sea urchin the size of a pumpkin called Echinus melo!
Another large animal that we know practically nothing about...
And finally, we end with one of the more exotic sand dollars.. a genus called Rotula from the African coast in the tropical Atlantic..
Well, in other sand dollars they deflect the hydrodynamic flow.. Go here to see this explanation!
More next week...as Echinoblog in Paris continues!