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Extraordinary New Sponge Species Discovered

harp sponge chondrocladia lyra

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:50 PM

A team of scientists led by Dr Lonny Lundsten of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in Moss Landing, California, has discovered an extraordinary new species of carnivorous sponge.

The new species is named the harp sponge, or Chondrocladia lyra, because its basic structure is shaped like a lyre or harp.

http://www.sci-news....ticle00703.html

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 02:59 PM

It's beautiful

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:27 PM

That is a very cool looking sponge. :tu:

Edited by BiffSplitkins, 06 November 2012 - 03:28 PM.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 03:48 PM

It is beautiful! It's otherworldly.

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 07:54 PM

Looks alien!


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Posted 06 November 2012 - 11:37 PM

Beat that Square Pants! XD So beautiful. <3


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:45 PM

I'm so happy :D


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:55 PM

How little we know of the amazing diversity on our own planet.


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:11 PM

It's a nice discovery, but no man-eating tree...


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:30 PM

man-eating sponge ?  I once saw a man eating fish .


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Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:37 PM

man-eating tree? haha that would be interesting


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:00 AM

man-eating rock ? haha that would be very interesting


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:00 AM

man-eating rock ? haha that would be very interesting


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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:16 AM

Looks like a relative of the species infamously photographed by the Eltanin:

http://en.wikipedia....Eltanin_Antenna

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:19 PM

Meat eating sponge? I was wondering where my ex ran off to. Oh look, there she is.





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