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Investigating The Slimy Bioluminscence Of A Hidden Sea Worm
2013-11-14 05:45:54

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study, led by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, is investigating the mechanisms behind a little-known marine worm that produces a dazzling bioluminescent display in the form of puffs of blue light, released into seawater. The Chaetopterus marine worm, commonly known as the "parchment tube worm" due to the opaque, cocoon-like cylinders where it makes its home, is found around the world in muddy environments,...

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2009-08-03 14:47:31

The fossilized tracks of a giant marine worm that lived some 475 million years ago have been discovered byt the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). Evidence of the worm, which was up to 3 feet in length, was found in the Cabaneros National Park in central Spain.  The region was once a seabed during the Lower Ordovician period, the Spanish researchers said. The CSIC said the worms dwelled within horizontal galleries 15 feet long and 6-8 inches in diameter under the seabed.  The...

2005-09-22 14:57:52

An unusual relationship between bacteria and a newly discovered group of marine worms is the only known partnership (or symbiosis) which uses sunken marine mammals as its sole source of nutrition. In the September issue of Environmental Microbiology, Dr Shana Goffredi and her colleagues reveal this unique partnership between bacteria and the Osedax (bone-devouring) group of marine worms. Symbiosis, or the living together of different organisms, allows some species to live in otherwise...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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