MSNBC has posted a list of the "Eight organisms that make you go 'eww': Slimy, stinky, icky and ugly — these creatures gross us out"
In typical fashion the inverts have been underrepresented yet again! But, then again maybe this time it's not such a bad thing. Among the 8 organisms on the list there are 2 plants (including for some odd reason the amazing Corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum)), 2 vertebrates (skunk and turkey vulture) and 4 inverts.
Who are the inverts? Glad you asked (or didn't)
- Holothurians (sorry Chris!) - cause they "hurl some of their internal organs out of their anus"
- Bot fly larvae - cause they tend to get under their skin a little. Sheesh!
- The dung beetle - just because they "dive right into a steaming pile" (the compiler even acknowledges that they do a lot of good, but no redemption for the beetles, they are stuck in the unclean caste.
- The hagfish - We've covered this one before, but just because it is slimey and lacks backbone is no reason to spit on it.
I must admit I do agree with them on the human botfly larvae. I dealt with the like in Somalia and hope never to run into one again. I'm still waiting for someone to offer me a reason for appreciating them.