New luminous creatures discovered in the Red Sea

Moscow, Feb 8 (IANS) An international team of biologists has discovered a new species of luminous fauna in the Red Sea.

The research also showed that the localisation of glow in certain parts of the body can help to distinguish different species of organisms that have identical structure.

During the investigations of the biodiversity of coral reefs of the archipelago Farasan (Saudi Arabia, south of the Red Sea), biologists found what they have termed “fluorescent lanterns,” that were very similar to hydrae.

But unlike their distant relatives who lead a solitary life in fresh water, the new species from the Red Sea form spreading colonies decorating miniature shells of a sea snail with garlands of green lights.

“Sea hydroids, unlike hydrae, are often found in colonies and canbranch off tiny jellyfish,” said one of the study authors Vyacheslav Ivanenko from Moscow State University in Russia.

“The unusual green glow of these hydrozoas (presumably, a new species of the genus Cytaeis) was revealed in the peristomal area of the body,” Ivanenko noted.

The researchers suggested that glow around the mouth of polyps may attract prey.

The results of the study were published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here