Latest Anemone Stories
The term “food chain” suggests a nice, orderly process in which bigger animals eat smaller animals, stronger creatures eat weaker ones, and humans eat whatever the hell they want. Okay, that last part isn’t really orderly, but we know full well that our species never respects the rules. Turns out some other species don’t either. Sometimes, food chains get freaky.
Researchers lead by evolutionary and developmental biologist Ulrich Technau at the University of Vienna say that a sea anemone has a genomic landscape that is half animal, half plant.
Clownfish became very popular 10 years ago when Disney released the animated feature film Finding Nemo, but the colorful fish are also famous among aquarium enthusiasts for their symbiotic relationship with the deadly sea anemone.
The Anemone is a genus of about 120 species of flowering plants in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) found in the north and south temperate zones. They are closely related to the Pasque flower (Pulsatilla) and Hepatica (Hepatica). Some botanists include both of these genera within Anemone. These plants are perennial herbs that have an underground rootstock, and radical, more or less deeply cut, leaves. The elongated flower stem bears one or several, white, red, blue flowers: and on rare...
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