Photosynthetic Sea Slug

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plasmodesmata11
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Photosynthetic Sea Slug

Post by plasmodesmata11 » Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:31 am

It's awesome... and it isn't housing the algae. Even their genes code for producing enzymes involved with photosynthesis. Check it out!
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/ ... eedfetcher

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Post by firechild » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:31 am

That is amazing. I guess the biggest advantage Elysia spp. nudibranchs had in this regard over species that contain photosynthetic symbionts such as cnidarians, tridacnids, marine flatworms etc is that they digested the cell enabling them to be directly exposed to the genetic material of the source of their photosynthetic material. The algae was not left intact as in those examples, nor was it fully digested like in most herbivores.

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Post by animemusic8 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:32 am

wow!!! amazing animal. i was thinking of a photosynthetic human.LOL

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