from the specimen drawer

from the specimen drawer

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The UN-Invertebrate Limerick

Well today it is actually the un-invertebrate limerick. This is the only time I will write one about a bony thing, but a promise is a promise and JD, one of the winners who guessed an item from the glass cabinet really loves the belted sandfish, Serranus subligarius, and since she is such an awesome biologist and a very groovy person in general, I will honor her wish of a fish limerick.

First I wanted to share this Haiku unknowingly written by Peterson Field Guides (basically text directly from Atlantic Coast Fishes loosely rearranged by moi to fit the Haiku format).

belted sandfish with
belly abruptly white and
body boldly barred

And now for the un-invertebrate limerick about the lovely belted sandfish. My apologies in advance for the last word but, as you will see, I really had no choice.


Simultaneous hermaphroditism
Amongst sandfish can cause quite a schism
From he-she to she-he
Streaking males and fish orgies
Procreation by broadcasted jism.


(Told you.)

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