« They wept like anything to see such quantities of sand | Main | Critters versus Sand, Round 2: awesome Androctonus »

February 09, 2012


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Critters versus Sand, Round 1: the fabulous fungiids:


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

That certainly is an excellent survival mechanism. I think, though, that the corals shown in each film are a single polyp - a solitary coral animal.

Oops - thanks for the correction, shows how much I know about coral anatomy. Now corrected (I hope) to cilia. I guess I was just carried away with the whole image of "polyp inflation".....

"Shrug it off"--exactly! And behind this extraordinary behavior is some biochemistry that one would love to know more about. How does the fungiid know it has been buried? Presumably through sensors related to those that trigger stinging, but somehow it can tell the difference, in the same way that the inflation mechanism is presumably related to fungiid mobility but follows a remarkably different course. Possibly both depend on the number of cilia activated? Which would constitute higher-order processing. However--clever chaps.
Also this week another popular media mention of a topic familiar to your readers, from a location near you:

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

My Photo
Share |