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Common NameEdit


Scientific NameEdit

Fungiforma xanthum


This species lacks the red or purple pigment that we see in a lot of other photobionts and the waxy white/grey coat that seems to hide visible pigments. It may have a previously unknown pigment, or the yellow might indicate a total lack of photosynthetic and protective pigments. Note how the top appears like a spiral - it seems likely that this organism grows along the outer edge of the spiral, slowly creating more layers. --Jane Van Susteren, Exobiology Lead

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