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Bristlebrush

Common NameEdit

Bristlebrush

Scientific NameEdit

Phoenixcauda multicnideria

DescriptionEdit

This photobiont has the polystem fusing into a single stem - and then it branches out again! Each branch has many bright orange cnideria - and the branches themselves must be photosynthetic, despite their pale color, because we have only seen cnideria on photosynthetic organisms, and there's no other pigmented tissue. This is definitely worth a second look. --Jane Van Susteren, Exobiology Lead

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