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Scientists have found the Philippines a giant ship worm

Ученые нашли на Филиппинах гигантского корабельного червяThe animal has interested scientists because of its unusual lifestyle, Kuphus polythamia spend their lives buried in the seabed.

The operation to hunt for him was conducted by a team of scientists from several countries.

The animal, called the giant ship worm, is actually a mollusk. In the classic classification – Kuphus polythamia.

The worm is being called due to the shape and the characteristic wetted surface of the skin. The definition of “ship” in his name came from the fact that the relatives of Kuphus polythamia feed among other things the remains of sunken wooden ships.

The animal has interested scientists because of its unusual lifestyle, Kuphus polythamia spend their lives buried in the seabed.

Zauruses in the sand so that the surface remained only two process for breathing, the mollusk creates around itself a carapace of solid material, which becomes thicker as the mollusk grows.

Powered Kuphus polythamia organisms that are found in the sand of the seabed. At the same time to digest the mollusk almost does not use its own digestive system, which had almost completely atrophied. A large part of the digestive process is carried out by bacteria living in the body of a mollusk.

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