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astronomy-to-zoology:

Pompeii Worm (Alvinella pompejana)

…is a species of deep-sea polychaete worm only found at hydrothermal vents in the pacific ocean. As suggested by its common name this worm deals with large amounts of heat given off by the vents. To deal with this the worms have hairy backs for insulation. These hairs are not hairs but are actually colonies of bacteria which help the worm keep cool. In turn the worm has a glad that secretes a mucus which the bacteria feed on. Pompeii worms attach themselves to the vents and form a tube in which they reside, poking their feathery heads out once and awhile to feed and  breathe.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Annelida-Polychaeta-Terebellida-Alvinellidae-Alvinella-pompejana

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astronomy-to-zoology:

Skeleton Shrimp (Family Caprellidae)

Also known as ghost shrimp, skeleton shrimp are not shrimp but are actually a family of amphipods found in oceans worldwide. They are mostly found in low intertidal zones where they inhabit grasses, hydroids and bryozoans and feed on small plankton and food material that pass by, using their gnathopods to ambush them as they swim by. Other species are simple filter feeders which use their antennae as filters.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Arthropoda-Crustacea-Malacostraca-Amphipoda-Corophiidea-Caprellida-Caprellidae

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The predatory tunicate (Megalodicopia hians) 
… is a species of tunicate (see these two previous posts) which lives anchored along the deep sea canyon walls and seafloor, waiting for tiny animals to drift or swim into its hood-shaped mouth. Looking something like a cross between a jellyfish and a Venus Flytrap (see this post), its mouthlike hood is quick to close when a small animal drifts inside. 
Once the predatory tunicate catches a meal, it keeps its trap shut until it is ready to eat again. They are known to live in the Monterey Canyon at depths of 200–1,000 metres (660–3,300 ft). They mostly eat zooplankton and tiny animals.
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oceansoftheworld:

The predatory tunicate (Megalodicopia hians)

… is a species of tunicate (see these two previous posts) which lives anchored along the deep sea canyon walls and seafloor, waiting for tiny animals to drift or swim into its hood-shaped mouth. Looking something like a cross between a jellyfish and a Venus Flytrap (see this post), its mouthlike hood is quick to close when a small animal drifts inside.

Once the predatory tunicate catches a meal, it keeps its trap shut until it is ready to eat again. They are known to live in the Monterey Canyon at depths of 200–1,000 metres (660–3,300 ft). They mostly eat zooplankton and tiny animals.

(Source)                        (Photo found here)

(rhamphothecaから)

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theblurofserenity:

astronomy-to-zoology:

Sunbeam Snake (Xenopeltis unicolor)

is a species of non-venomous snake native to parts of Southeast Asia and Indonesia. They get the name sunbeam due to its highly iridescent scales that make it look like the snake is lighting up. The sunbeam snake is highly noted for its reproductive abilities and it its known to give birth of up to 10 eggs at a time. Due to the fact that they have no venom the snake relies on constriction to kill their prey. They spend most of their time below ground and prey on small mammals and other reptiles.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Reptilia-Squamata-Serpentes-Xenopeltidae-Xenopeltis-unicolor

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