Cool tiny critters in the Philippines

by | Mar 29, 2012 | Cephalopods, Invertebrates, Science, Too Cute, Travel | 1 comment

The upcoming issue of Reefs magazine will feature part two of the series documenting the Steinhart Aquarium in California Academy of Sciences role in the 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition. Check out part one here, and until the new issue is out, here is something that was cut from the part 2:

“As the night wore on, another cephalopod emerged, the Bobtail squid, Sepiadarium kochi. These animals are less than and inch long, fiercely noctournal, and like to bury themselves in the muck at the first sign of potential trouble. The bottom was thick with them. We didn’t collect any for display, but did get some great video of their burying behavior.”

  • Rich Ross

    Richard Ross currently works as an Aquatic Biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences, maintaining many exhibits including the 212,000 gallon Philippine Coral Reef. He has kept saltwater animals for over 25 years, and has worked in aquarium maintenance, retail, wholesale and has consulted for a coral farm/fish collecting station in the South Pacific. Richard enjoys all aspects of the aquarium hobby and is a regular author for trade publications, a frequent speaker at aquarium conferences and was a founder of one of the largest and most progressive reef clubs in Northern California, Bay Area Reefers. He is an avid underwater videographer and has been fortunate to scuba dive in a lot of places around the world. At home he maintains a 300 gallon reef system and a 250 gallon cephalopod/fish breeding system, and was one of the first people to close the life cycle of Sepia bandensis. When not doing all that stuff, he enjoys spending time with his patient wife, his incredible daughter and their menagerie of animals, both wet and dry.

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1 Comment

  1. Marc Levenson

    Love that little guy. When he first emerges, you expect to see a much bigger animal!


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