Friday mystery object #46

This Friday we have a guest mystery object, supplied by the curator of the excellent Grant Museum of Zoology, Mark Carnall (the man who threatened the whole of humanity with the doomsday virus in Back from Extinction). Any idea what this fluid preserved specimen might be?

Given the general look of it and Mark’s history of terrormongery I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a body-snatching alien, if such things were in general circulation. If you’d like to see this critter  from a different angle click here.

As usual, suggestions and questions below in the comments section and I’ll do what I can to point you in the right direction. Good luck!

29 thoughts on “Friday mystery object #46

  1. Is it as it would naturally be seen? Or has anything been removed?

    Obviously it wouldn’t naturally be seen in a jar, but I’m sure you know what I mean!

  2. Okay, ignore the question about cilia. I reckon I have this one.

    So it seems to have a hard body, that at first I thought was segmented. So I was thinking arthropod. But I couldn’t actually see any clear segmentation. But certainly chitinous?

    So it’s not free-living (good question first up to eliminate a lot of stuff), which suggests parasite. It’s not any kind of worm, in the truest sense. It’s an adult. And it’s in, broadly speaking, it’s natural form.

    So is it a NEAR MISS? That seems to fit the bill. I don’t know the CORRECT GROUP in any greater detail than that, but I’ll venture that it was removed from a large snake (because I think that’s their most common host).

  3. Coming in late, been musing. I shall await the answer on Monday with interest to find out what parasite lives inside something but is not a parasitic worm. Though I’m not entirely sure I want to know. The corkscrew shape did suggest something that burrowed.

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