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Algae living within Animals - good for both

 
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Melanie



Joined: 25 Oct 2004
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Location: Torbay

PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2004 11:12 am    Post subject: Algae living within Animals - good for both Reply with quote

I find the symbiotic relationship of the tiny algae cells that live in the skin of the Snakelock Anemone

remarkable.

The algae produce O2 that the anemone uses and the anemone produces waste nutrients thgat the algae uses - so both seem to

benefit.

Mel
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Abigail



Joined: 04 Dec 2004
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Location: Cornwall

PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2004 12:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zooxanthellea is the name of the algae. They are single celled dinoflagellates and lots of them reside in the surface tissues of some of the

anemones.
Certainly is a nutritional relationship between them.
Abi
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David



Joined: 03 Nov 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just read that they move around (the anemones). A thought is that it may be to vary the amounts of light needed by the algae for

photosynthesis, therefore controlling the amount of O2 production.
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