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Scientists discover bizarre “phallic” mussels feeding on wood in the bottom of the ocean

When this type of false-scalding mussels is around, discarded timber becomes a good treatment. Scientists recently discovered a new species and several new family groups of wood-boring mussels, which attach to debris in the sea. The discovery of the new examples expands the number of wooden drilled mussels that are known to humans to twice as large as previously thought. When this type of false appearance is involved, rejected wood is a good treat. Scientists who recently discovered a new species and several new family groups of wood-borne mussels WHAT ARE STABLE CLAMPS? This class of mussels uses its odd shaped body to drill into debris found in the ocean. Once in their meal / home, it begins to use its tubular "siphon" to scrape the wood and consume the resulting sawdust. While the mussels are extremely small, they often gather in large numbers. As a result, they can be crucial to help clear the sea of ​​debris from storms and more. "There is not only a tree cleaner-upper in the sea, they are very different," says Janet Voight, Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at Field Museum and the study's leading author. "Imagine you are living at the bottom of the sea like a little swim clam; you have to either find a submerged wood or die. " You wouldn't think there would be so many kinds of clams doing this. "But we have now found that there are six different groups, called relatives and about sixty different species." In…

When this type of false-scalding mussels is around, discarded timber becomes a good treatment.

Scientists recently discovered a new species and several new family groups of wood-boring mussels, which attach to debris in the sea.

The discovery of the new examples expands the number of wooden drilled mussels that are known to humans to twice as large as previously thought.

 When this type of false appearance is involved, rejected wood is a good treat. Scientists who recently discovered a new species and several new family groups of wood-boring mussels

When this type of false appearance is involved, rejected wood is a good treat. Scientists who recently discovered a new species and several new family groups of wood-borne mussels

WHAT ARE STABLE CLAMPS?

This class of mussels uses its odd shaped body to drill into debris found in the ocean.

Once in their meal / home, it begins to use its tubular “siphon” to scrape the wood and consume the resulting sawdust.

While the mussels are extremely small, they often gather in large numbers.

As a result, they can be crucial to help clear the sea of ​​debris from storms and more.

“There is not only a tree cleaner-upper in the sea, they are very different,” says Janet Voight, Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology at Field Museum and the study’s leading author.

“Imagine you are living at the bottom of the sea like a little swim clam; you have to either find a submerged wood or die.

” You wouldn’t think there would be so many kinds of clams doing this.

“But we have now found that there are six different groups, called relatives and about sixty different species.”

In addition to being somewhat comical in shape – a fall-shaped body called a “siphon” stands out from the shell – researchers note that the type of mussels can also have a deep ecological impact.

The mussels that live in wood and use their bodies to scrape off sawdust and eat it are among the only species on earth that are known to eat wood and because of their unique diet, researchers say that the class of mussels can be instrumental to regulate the amount of wood in the sea.

 In addition to being somewhat comical in shape - a case called a "siphon", called a "siphon", protrudes from the shell. Scientists note that the type of mussels can also have a deep ecological impact

In addition to being somewhat comical in shape – a fall-shaped organ called a “siphon” stands out from the shell – researchers note that the type of mussels can also get a deep organic influence

“We have no idea how much wood lies at the bottom of the sea, but there is probably much more than we think,” Voight said in a statement.

“After great storms, we appreciate that millions of tons wood washed out to sea. What if these mussels were not there to help eat it? Think about how long it would take the wood to demolish … “

 Without this type of mussels, sea may have problems with breaking down wood blowing up on the floor

Without this type of mussels, sea can have problems with decaying wood that winds up on the floor

According to researchers, while the mussels are small – some of their shells are about as large as peas also for adults – they often settle in large numbers, so they can quickly take care of debris.

Voight says that because the mussels are effective and almost alone in eating wood that enters the sea, they also play a crucial role in the hydrocarbons – transforms trees into the sea into waste that other animals in the sea can get energy from.

“It blows me away,” she said in a statement.

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