August 16, 2016: Dendrogramma enigmatica

August 16, 2016: Dendrogramma enigmatica

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Those aren’t mushrooms- a most unusual specimen marks a new week here at SCFoW, as scientists celebrate the 20th anniversary of its discovery: Dendrogramma enigmatica, a deep-sea species of… well, we’re not really sure, to be honest. For such a small critter, it certainly has opened up a large can of worms!

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photo credits: in newsletter: Left: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrogramma; Right: http://australianmuseum.net.au/image/dendro; Bottom: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-22/dendrogramma-enigmatica/6491262; in this post: Featured Image: http://www.sci-news.com/biology/science-dendrogramma-two-unclassifiable-deep-sea-animals-australia-02134.html

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