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Trilobite Larvae 03 - Kubah by melvynyeo Trilobite Larvae 03 - Kubah by melvynyeo
The ‘trilobite larvae’ known occurring in the South East Asian rain forests are neotenic females of the beetle genus Duliticola (Coleoptera:Lycidae). Some can glow in the dark!

Trilobites ("three-lobes") are extinct arthropods that form the class Trilobita. They appeared in the Early Cambrian period and flourished throughout the lower Paleozoic era before beginning a drawn-out decline to extinction when, during the Late Devonian extinction, all trilobite orders, with the sole exception of Proetida, died out. The last of the trilobites disappeared in the mass extinction at the end of the Permian about 250 million years ago (m.y.a.).

Trilobites are very well-known, and possibly the second-most famous fossil group, after the dinosaurs. When trilobites appear in the fossil record of the Lower Cambrian they were already highly diverse and geographically dispersed. Because of their diversity and an easily fossilized exoskeleton, they left an extensive fossil record with some 17,000 known species spanning Paleozoic time. Trilobites have been important in biostratigraphy, paleontology, and plate tectonics research. Trilobites are often placed within the arthropod subphylum Schizoramia within the superclass Arachnomorpha (equivalent to the Arachnata), although several alternative taxonomies are found in the literature.

Different trilobites made their living in different ways. Some led a benthic life as predators, scavengers or filter feeders. Some swam (a pelagic lifestyle) and fed on plankton. Most life styles expected of modern marine arthropods are seen, except for parasitism. Some trilobites (particularly the family Olenida) are even thought to have evolved a symbiotic relationship with sulfur-eating bacteria from which they derived food.

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mackyster Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   Photographer
amazing shot and such a fabulous creature :D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011
Thanks! Yeah, these beetle are amazing! :)
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mackyster Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011   Photographer
you can say that again ;)
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Baal1245 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
I love this picture. It's awesome:D
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Terraqueous87 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
These animals are extremely lovely; not only because of the larger connectible nature to other animals, but also because of the shape of them. As humans we love perfect geometry.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
:) Thanks!
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rupted Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Eee! I love it! It's tiny head is so far away from it's limbs^^
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Haha i love it too :)
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