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Tagged With: sea cucumber

Weird relations: the sea cucumber and pearlfish

The sea cucumber and the pearlfish You might have heard of the commensal / parasitic relationship that pearlfish have with sea cucumbers, but how many of you have actually seen a pearlfish enter its host cucumber through the anus where it hangs out most of the time? Pearlfish Pearlfish (family Carapidae) are scaleless, their bodies are somewhat … Continue reading »

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Sea cucumbers: nature’s calcium reactor?

Sea cucumbers and calcium carbonate deposition Have you ever wondered what those weird-looking sea cucumbers actually do on the bottom of the sea? Research shows that sea cucumbers account for a remarkable half of total nighttime calcium carbonate dissolution for coral reefs. In other words, as cukes sift and process sand through its digestive system, they … Continue reading »

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