Amazing sea slug discovered that is half plant, half animal! Scientists have discovered a chlorophyll-producing sea slug that can carry out photosynthesis using genes swiped from plants. “Steps in evolution can be more creative than I ever imagined”
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Chloroplast And Sea Slug Symbiosis: half-animal, half-plant! Elysia Chlorotica - a bright green, solar-powered, algae-slurping sea slug that’s still turning our understanding of the classification of life upside down.
A purple crab stares down the camera in the Philippine island of Palawan in an undated picture. The colorful crustacean, dubbed Insulamon palawanense, is one of four new species in the Insulamon genus described in a recent study. Photo by: Hendrik Freitag
Despite this crab's gaudy purple carapace and bright red pinchers, zoologists from Germany have only just discovered the tiny crustacean. It was discovered on the remote Philippine islands of Palawan, along with three other species of colorful crab.
This plant-like organism is really an animal, although it does have plants (algae) living inside of it. The green color of this animal comes from a symbiotic algae, called zooxanthellae, living inside its gut.
(Photo by Mark Laita) The red feather starfish (Himerometra Robustipinna) lives in the western Pacific and the Indian Ocean. This crinoid is found in coastal waters of a number of countries, including.
Red-lipped Batfish - found around the Galapagos Islands at depths of 100 feet or more. Batfish are not good swimmers; they use their highly-adapted pectoral fins to “walk” on the ocean floor. It eats shrimps, small fish, crabs, etc.
Females of this unusual octopus species sequester themselves in thin, translucent shells with which they drift across the open seas. Paper nautiluses, also called argonauts, secrete the shells to serve as cases for their eggs.