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Trilobite Larvae 01 - Kubah by melvynyeo Trilobite Larvae 01 - 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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Djota Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Student General Artist
very nice shoot.
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jasmine-adele Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
Wow, this is amazing 😆😆
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claimconsultantsllc Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
stunning!!
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PedroLarez Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
wooow!
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brujson Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Insane my mind is blown!
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Forgess Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2017
Are these available to keep as pets, or are they an exotic species, that would require some kind of permit?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
I don't think these are available as pets. They are extremely rare and difficult to raise as they are very selective in food and enviornment.
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Forgess Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
Neat..... they are just so gorgeous and unique to look at! 
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AbsolutSin Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
FLAT LIZARD
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StardustMoonlight1 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
how have i never known about this? 
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Ancestralshadow Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
It almost looks like a dragon from some sort of science fiction film.
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kimgauge Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, how long is it?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
This one was 3cm.
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kimgauge Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing
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Belinda92 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
now, make it 4 meters in lenght and send it off to a killing sphree. 
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PepperScratch Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Noooooo
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Belinda92 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol but it looks too epic to be soo tiny! 
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
So cool, especially the tail-spines.

Gotta love pseudo-prehistoric creatures. This is one neat beetle. 
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RaymondEternal Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!!! Ive never seen before in my entire life... Thanks to your photo!!!
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Fragillimus335 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorites of yours...
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Writerblues Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
This is one of my favorite pictures. The angle makes it look kind of eerie, prehistoric, and somehow majestic in a strange way.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Thanks!!! :)
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Writerblues Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
It looks like an insect ankylosaurus lol
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Skull-Island-Master Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
wow now thats an amazing picture.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Fingertier Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Something reminds me of zerg units from Starcraft series...
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
LOL :) Thanks! :)
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sesshomaru68 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, that is one of the neatest things I've ever seen! Never seen one of these that I know of, and I thought I'd seen pics of about every bug in existence lol! Thanks for sharing!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
You are welcome :)
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Trutze Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
what a curious thing...great photos
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Thanks! :)
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pVVEN Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
One of my favorite insects! Where did you find this one?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
Kubah National Park, Sarawak. It was among dead logs :)
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DemonioHorrible Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This can't be real... sgfdgfdgfgsdgsdbg
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
:)
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Makapingo Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Hallucinant!!! :wow: Bravo for the three pictures! :#1:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Thanks! :)
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klugeKrake Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Photographer
I love this picture, it looks so...unusual
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Thanks! :)
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klugeKrake Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Photographer
Your welcome
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MrsBox Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG!
Melvyn, this series is absolutely awesome!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
Thanks for sharing.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Thanks! :)
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Have you ever been to this site before? I just found it: [link]
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Cool link! Will check it out :)
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Winterous Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
OMG it's so adorable Q-Q
Is it actually a larva, or is that just its name?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Trilobite beetle is the informal name of the Duliticola beetle species

Duliticola is a genus of beetles of the family Lycidae. The females stay in the larval form and are about 40-80 mm in length. They have a flat dark body with large scales over the head, resembling trilobites. Hence the informal names "Trilobite beetles", "Trilobite larva" or "Sumatran Trilobite larva". The males are much smaller, 8-9 mm, with a beetle like appearance. Most are found in tropical rainforests, notably in India and South-east Asia
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Winterous Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Aah ok, so larva is just a nickname then.
They're so cool looking!
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rupted Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
How lovely! I've never seen these beetles at this angle I didn't realize they were so completely flat, but I'm more surprised at how tall they are. I pictured them as belly crawlers. Nice shot, cinematic!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Thanks! :)
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nemo-ramjet Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Really nice shot, it makes it look like a weird, six-legged crocodile...
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