13 June 2010

Iridovirus and the woodlouse

I know these fun little crustacea as roly-polies, but whatever you call them seeing them bright blue is definitely worth noting! As it turns out, it's a viral infection with temperature-dependent pathogenesis. This kind of iridescence happens about 7-10 days post-infection. So weird!
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And...um, yes...I rolled him over for a ventral view. Is that cruel?
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1 comment:

Ivan Chan Studio said...

Naw, it's not cruel. Playful, maybe? :)

Now I know the secret of their blueness! I always wondered what that was about.

I.