posted on Oct, 19 2005 @ 10:32 AM
A new species of marine worm has been discovered in the North Sea off Sweden's coast. The UK-Swedish team of scientists that discovered the worms
have named it Osedax mucofloris
, which literally means, "bone-eating snot-flower"
. The worms were found growing on a dead minke whale
carcass. The worms "roots" are embedded in the whales bones. "The part of the animal that is exposed to the seawater is covered in a ball of mucus,
so they are quite snotty. That is probably a defence mechanism." according to the discovering scientists.
A new species of marine worm that lives off whale bones on the sea floor has been described by scientists.
The creature was found on a minke carcass in relatively shallow water close to Tjarno Marine Laboratory on the Swedish coast.
Such "zombie worms", as they are often called, are known from the deep waters of the Pacific but their presence in the North Sea is a major
A UK-Swedish team reports the find in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Adrian Glover and Thomas Dahlgren tell the journal the new species has been named Osedax mucofloris, which literally means "bone-eating
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I love these types of news stories. This worm has to have the best scientific name ever
"bone-eating snot-flower", it sounds like something from
a bad sci-fi movie.
It gets better though, this North Sea version differs from the already known to science Pacific Ocean species:
"The female Pacific worms keep males inside their tube as a sort of little harem that fertilises eggs as they are released into the water
column," explained Dr Glover.
Could this thing get any wierder?
"We're not sure what's happening with the reproductive biology of the Swedish worms yet. We've only got females; we haven't found any
males. It's a bit weird."
I guess it takes all kinds of critters to make the World what it is today.
[edit on 19/10/05 by subz]