New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification

New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification

Scientists are having trouble naming this new ocean animals species. What do you think it should be called?

The new organisms are multicellular and mostly non-symmetrical, with a dense layer of gelatinous material between the outer skin cell and inner stomach cell layers. The new animal species Dendrogramma enigmaticaI , shown here, was pulled from the deep sea off Australia in 1986 but has only now been scientifically described. The opaque portion is its highly branched digestive canal. Photograph by Jorgen Olesen A handful of strange mushroom-shaped animals discovered in the deep sea off Australia in the 1980s have finally been named by scientists. The organisms are so unique that they may rearrange the earliest branches of […]

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