…a genus of giant amoebae that are found worldwide. Members of Chaos are usually found freshwater swamps and marshes. They can grow quite large with the largest species reaching lengths of 5mm, although most species range between 1 and 3mm. Like other amoebae members of Chaos are heterotrophs and will take in algae, bacteria, protists, and even some invertebrates via phagocytosis.
Members of the genus closely resemble the genus Amoeba and share their general morphology. However members of Amoeba have a single nucleus, and members of Chaos can have as many as a thousand nuclei.
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Chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius)
The chambered nautilus, is the best-known species of nautilus. The shell, when cut away, reveals a lining of lustrous nacre and displays a nearly perfect equiangular spiral, although it is not a golden spiral. The shell exhibits countershading, being light on the bottom and dark on top. This is to help avoid predators, because when seen from above, it blends in with the darkness of the sea, and when seen from below, it blends in with the light coming from above. The species has about 90 tentacles with no suckers. The oldest fossils of the species are known from Early Pleistocene sediments deposited off the coast of Luzon in the Philippines. Its diet consists of small crustaceans, carrion and small fish. photo credits: montereybayaquairum, Ingrid Taylar, aqua
Mole Cowry - Talparia talpa
What you see in the first photo is a live specimen of the commonly known as Mole Cowry, Talparia talpa (Littorinimorpha - Cypraeidae), in which the mantle of the animal is almost fully extended covering the shell.
Formerly named Cypraea talpa, the Mole Cowry is a sea snail (Gastropoda) with brilliant brown shells transversely banded in lighter color. The species is uncommon and native to the Indo-Pacific waters.
Courage the Cowardly Dog: Last of the Starmakers
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