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 walkaround: Deep Sea Pram Bug (Ikimon - Nature Techni Colour)

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PostSubject: walkaround: Deep Sea Pram Bug (Ikimon - Nature Techni Colour)   Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:41 pm

Walk-around of the deep-sea pram bug, Phronima sedentaria (Forsskal, 1775), by Ikimon Co. (formerly, Kitan Club) - Nature Techni Colour, Deep Sea Creatures, new for 2017. Phronima sedentaria is an unusual pelagic amphipod that usually lives at a depth of 1000 m (0.6 miles). It is predaceous on salps (a kind of planktonic tunicate). Females tear into a salp, eat the gelatinous innards, and then use the empty shell as a barrel-like structure to swim around in while raising its young. This figure, which comes within it's salp shell, is not only the first amphipod figure (to my knowledge), but also the first salp (although not the first tunicate).

The figure was in a set of 8 'deep sea' critters, including mollusks, arthropods, and fish. The other 'new' species in the set was another arthropod, the giant ostracod Gigantocypris agassizii.

The figure is on a key chain, and I removed the chain and cut away the plastic ring to which it was attached. The salp is 40 mm tall. I cannot stretch out the amphipod itself, as it's a relatively firm, single-piece of plastic, but it's roughly 40-45 mm, making it 1:1 for a large female specimen! The amphipod easily comes out of its salp, it does not connect to the salp in any way but sits loosely within the barrel. The hole at the bottom is narrow enough that it will not fall out easily.

The detail on the amphipod itself it amazing. It was hard to photograph for the walkaround since it's transparent except for some structures in the head. I probably should have photographed it over a black or dark background.

The amphipod within the salp:

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The amphipod itself:

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I hope recent issues with Photobucket don't prevent others from posting their new critters... :)
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PostSubject: Re: walkaround: Deep Sea Pram Bug (Ikimon - Nature Techni Colour)   Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:24 am

Very nice :)

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PostSubject: Re: walkaround: Deep Sea Pram Bug (Ikimon - Nature Techni Colour)   Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:23 pm

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PostSubject: Re: walkaround: Deep Sea Pram Bug (Ikimon - Nature Techni Colour)   Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:26 pm

Impressive, I can't wait for mine. Thank you for this nice and informative topic.

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PostSubject: Re: walkaround: Deep Sea Pram Bug (Ikimon - Nature Techni Colour)   Sun Sep 10, 2017 12:48 am

Quite unusual and interesting! It may be surely one of the most uncommon keychains I've ever seen. Shocked I love it! Figures like these make this hobby surely a very special one. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: walkaround: Deep Sea Pram Bug (Ikimon - Nature Techni Colour)   Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:07 am

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Quite unusual and interesting! It may be surely one of the most uncommon keychains I've ever seen. Shocked I love it! Figures like these make this hobby surely a very special one. Very Happy

Japanese companies are still incredible Very Happy

At 45mm, it is avery respectable size too.

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