predation

Attack of the killer shrimps

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The story

It may have been killer piranhas hitting our cinema screens this summer but now something not quite as scary but potentially devastating to British wildlife has hit our water ways.

Dikerogammarus villosus is a tiny shrimp of between 3 and 30mm but has been given the moniker the killer shrimp because of its aggression and nasty habit of killing and maiming other small invertebrates which it often doesn’t eat. More

Brown rat tops the charts

No, this is not a post about the return of Roland rat to the music industry but a look at the impact of invasive species. More

Multi-functional albino alligator

albino alligator

courtesy of iamdonte

Meet Alistair the albino alligator (he hasn’t actually got a name but I feel the need to give him one).

He is the latest animal to be homed at the South Carolina Aquarium in the USA.  As well as being a fascinating creature to observe, Alistair is living in an aquarium because of his poor chances of survival in the wild.   The website states that albino alligators only manage a mere 24 hours of life before being eaten by predators. More