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    My favorites are zooanthids and palys.
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    I love the photos; and, I love the discussion. Even though my knowledge base of invertebrates is relatively small I enjoy learning more.

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    Beyond the cool photos and invert stuff, this is an interesting discussion about organelles and their origins, something I was more or less oblivious to until maybe ten years ago, when I found a mention of in a book about Precambrian geology. That led me to dig deeper and I found plenty about it and endosymbiosis in general, written by Lynn Margulis and others whose names I can't remember. The ideas go back years and range from generally accepted to radical & much disputed and I had been oblivious to all of it. I like to think I've learned a lot and it's good to come across things like that to remind me of how much I don't know.
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    Thanks . . .

    I am glad that you like the photos; and I had no idea where the conversation would go, after I linked that glib title to this thread. I have always been interested in odd associations -- those grey areas -- of plants and animals, everything from carnivory in the garden, parasitoidy by wasps (which served as the original inspiration for Alien) in leaf-cutter ants, to tiny male angler fish who attach to the larger females, fuse with them (giving up their own digestive tracts in the process), and tap into the female's circulatory system. Ultimately, they serve only as a source of sperm and are no longer are capable of living on their own. Then there is the parasitical barnacle, Sacculina, which attaches to a male crab at some joint (affecting upwards of 40-50% of individuals in some populations), pumps it full of feminizing hormones to alter its otherwise energy-costly aggressive behavior (forcing it, no doubt, to watch "The View" and "Oprah" with soul-killing regularity), widens its abdomen, and reduces it to a mobile egg-carrying sac. It even begins to exhibit female mating gestures. I have seen examples of this and it is repulsive to the nth degree. The huge sac -- the externa -- descends from the crab's abdominal flap, lays eggs, and mates with the male Sacculina . . .

    As an odd aside, apparently the photo-hosting service, "Photo Bucket," didn't care for the "Tealia Maw" photo, and that it violated some decency rule of theirs and removed it. Apparently, I am now the Larry Flynt of invertebrate porn, since I just replaced it.

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    Absolutely spectacular. Oooh, how much I want to go scuba-diving again...
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    Wow...fantastic photos. Verrrrry interesting. I love anemones. One of those looked like a bunch of sundews.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PlantAKiss View Post
    Wow...fantastic photos. Verrrrry interesting. I love anemones. One of those looked like a bunch of sundews.
    Thanks . . .

    Those tiny anemones are Corynactis, commonly called "strawberry anemones" and cover entire boulders in the subtidal zone all along the Pacific West Coast. They vary in colour from orange to reds and purples -- even white . . .
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    well i'm definately going to have to come back and see the pics, but this thread was VERY interesting, i've been scuba diving before, and loved it, but wow, this was a great read, thanks for sharing! I'll stick to cp's though
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