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Whalebark

Common NameEdit

Whalebark

Scientific NameEdit

Coralliaforma rubra

DescriptionEdit

We haven't seen many red photobionts - and this one has a single point of contact with the ground and no cnideria. This is somewhat unusual - it looks more like a hydra or a coral than some of the other species we've seen here. Look at those brown cylindrical growths - they look like pastry nozzles. I wonder if it's a case of our tools reflecting shapes that organisms get to via eons of selective pressure - while I'm fairly sure this photobiont never has to pipe a buttercream rose, it may be a way of gradually equalizing pressure between the tissue inside and the atmosphere outside. --Jane Van Susteren, Exobiology Lead

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