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An autotrophic animal

ImageHere’s the article that I stumbled upon today. It describes an animal (a sea slug) that ‘steals’ chloroplasts from the algae it eats and retains them in a functional way such that they can provide nourishment to the animal for many months.

This is not a true photosynthesizing animal – meaning that it can only temporarily harbor chloroplasts from its food, but it is still an amazing oddity.

http://www.independent.com/news/2010/jan/30/first-known-photosynthetic-animal/

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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