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Mar 10 2014

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: the worthy sponge

HHMI The image shows approximately 16 choanocyte chambers, each about 30 micrometers in diameter—about the size of a pollen grain. The green color marks the flagella—hair-like structures that pump the water. The red color marks the cytoskeleton, which includes a structure called the collar (not visible here) that captures the prey. The light-blue regions mark the nuclei of individual choanocytes.

HHMI

The image shows approximately 16 choanocyte chambers, each about 30 micrometers in diameter—about the size of a pollen grain. The green color marks the flagella—hair-like structures that pump the water. The red color marks the cytoskeleton, which includes a structure called the collar (not visible here) that captures the prey. The light-blue regions mark the nuclei of individual choanocytes.

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  1. 1
    UnknownEric the Apostate

    *sniff*

    Smells like Krabby Patties…

  2. 2
    ChasCPeterson

    choacocytes: collar cells
    flagella: little whips

  3. 3
    cactuswren

    (frantically matching colors of knitting yarn)

  4. 4
    chigau (違う)

    cactuswren
    Yes.
    That is the appropriate reaction.

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