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The birth of an enormous "tree lobster" is an absolutely alien experience [Video]

2 years agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Remember the Lord Howe Island stick insect, that massive "tree lobster" researchers thought had been extinct for decades? Rohan Cleave of the Melbourne Zoo has filmed one of these arthropod giants emerging from an egg. The insect spends six months incubating — when it's time to leave the egg, the animal literally (and hypnotically) unfolds. More »
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Giant, awesome ‘tree lobster’ survived 80 years in hiding

Issues & Causes / Environmentalism : Grist (2 years ago)

By Sarah Laskow The Lord Howe Island stick insect, which you see hatching above, looking like an alien struggling out of a human torso, will grow to the size of your hand. It’s also called a “tree lobster” — that’s how big it is. Th... Read Post

How Giant Walking Stick Insects Come Back From Extinction

Odd : Neatorama (2 years ago)

In 1918, a shipwreck at the Lord Howe Island, Australia, introduced black rats which proceeded to eat the native species of walking sticks so large that they were called "tree lobsters." In two year's time, the Lord Howe stick insec... Read Post

Extreme Convergence In Stick Insect Evolution: Phylogenetic Placement Of The Lord Howe Island Tree Lobster

Health : Medical News Today (6 years ago)

The Lord Howe Island Tree Lobster, Dryococelus australis, was thought to be extinct for decades until an exceedingly small population was recently rediscovered on a rocky islet in the South Pacific. "Tree lobsters" are large ground-... Read Post


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