Researchers discover strange new species of "phallic" clams that feed on wood at the bottom of the ocean
- The falcon shells grow in the ocean tree and feed on sawdust
- Experts say shellfish can be instrumental in (19659005) By James Pero For Dailymail.com
When approaching this type of phallic id clam discarded wood turns into delicious food.
Researchers have recently discovered a new species and several new clan groups of wood-boring clams that feed on wood waste in the ocean.
The discovery of new specimens expands the number of well-known twice-previously irritated tree mussels.
When this type of flea-like clam is included, the discarded wood becomes a tasty treat. Researchers who recently discovered a new species and several new generic groups of wood boredom clams
WHAT ARE WOODEN COLLECTIONS?
This class of mussels uses its unusually shaped body to penetrate the tree debris found in the ocean.
Once he gets into his house, he starts using the tubular siphon to scrape the tree and eat
Although the mussels are extremely small, they are often collected in large quantities.
As a result, they can help clean up the ocean from storm wood waste and others.
"It's not just a tree-clean-top in the ocean, they're really varied," says Janet Voight, assistant curator of the Invertebrates Zoology at the Field Museum and lead author of the study. Imagine living at the bottom of the ocean like a tiny clam; or you have to find a sunken piece of wood or die. "You would not think there would be many species of mussels doing that. "But we have now found that there are six different groups called genera and about sixty different species."
In addition to being a little comical in shape, a phallic tube-like organ called "siphon" comes out of its shell – researchers note that shellfish may also have a profound environmental impact.
The mussels that are worn in wood and use their bodies to scrape sawdust and eat it are the only species on the Earth to eat wood and because of their unique diet, scientists say the shells can be instrumental in regulating the amount of wood in the ocean.
Somewhat comical form – a phallic body resembling a pipe called the "siphon" coming out of the shell their researchers, "We have no idea how much wood has a bottom on the ocean, but there is probably a lot more than we think," said Voight in a statement.
"After big storms, we think millions of tons of wood are washed in the sea. What if these shellfish were not there to help them eat? Think about how long it takes for the tree to rot … "
According to the researchers, while the mussels are small – some of their shells with the size of peas even for adults – they often settle in large quantities, allowing them to quickly take care of wood waste.
Vojt says that since shellfish are efficient and almost only eating wood that finds their way into the ocean, they also play a crucial role in carbon cycling – turning trees into the ocean into waste that other animals can get in the ocean. energy from. "It breaks me," she said in a statement.