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Biologists discover mystery marine larvae

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Still Waters

Scientists have found a bunch of microscopic creatures that could be totally new to science - but it's an exceptional challenge to determine who is who when the tiny things you've discovered are actually the larva of animals that look completely different in their adult stage.

The little-known animals in question are called phoronids, or horseshoe worms. The adults anchor themselves in sediment or to rocks or coral, building a tube of chitin to protect their soft bodies, while their heads are crowned with tentacles that wave in the current to strain small particles of food from the water for filter-feeding.



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