February 4th, 2015

Hydrothermal Worm

Sea Slug Is Part Plant

This is so cool!

Sea slug has taken genes from algae it eats, allowing it to photosynthesize like a plant
Date:
February 3, 2015
Source:
Marine Biological Laboratory
Summary:
How a brilliant-green sea slug manages to live for months at a time 'feeding' on sunlight, like a plant, is clarified in a recent study. The authors present the first direct evidence that the emerald green sea slug's chromosomes have some genes that come from the algae it eats.

The rich green color of the photosynthesizing sea slug, Elysia chlorotica, helps to camouflage it on the ocean floor.
Credit: Patrick Krug
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