Detecting strange creatures: Looking like worms, eating rocks and discharging into sand - Photo 1.
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Looks like a worm, eating ice and discharging it into sand


Most oyster clams prefer to hide under soft sand or mud, giving them safety protection, but this mollusca does not. Scientists have discovered a new species, which is related to the galaxy (shipworm), they chew and punch holes in limestone rocks, then excrete debris in the form of sand.

This species has a scientific name Lithoredo abatanica and is one of the few species capable of weathering the landscape, providing shelter for other organisms, and being able to affect both the ecosystem of the river environment where they live.

This small worm-like creature was first seen in 2006, but has only been observed more recently in the Philippines.

Although called the shipworm, the galaxy is not really a worm family, but belongs to a two-piece mollusk like oysters and mussels.

Since time immemorial, this woody ability has caused the galaxies to become catastrophes for seafarers, destroying everything from hulls to jetty. This species can grow to an impressive size up to 1.5m. Most of the time their bodies will be in the muddy mud, where the bacteria in their gills convert hydrogen sulfide into suitable nutrients.

Newly discovered limestone chisel species

.The new stone chisel is smaller in size, only about 100mm and its chiseled "tool" is dozens of small teeth, their long body cannot fit in a small shell but instead developed into a tool for chiseling limestone, so far scientists have not yet known how it digests stones, but perhaps with the help of bacteria living in them.

Researchers are planning a deeper analysis of the genome of this species, to solve the mystery of their ability to chisel stones and why they evolved in this way. Researching this species can help us learn some tricks in stone sculpting, or provide a new source of medicine through their bacteria.

Reference: ScienceAlert


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