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Leaf sheep is so cute and feeds only with sun rays

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The sea is rich with micro species and Leaf Sheep is one amongst them. It looks very funny and adorable.

Leaf Sheep referred as Costasiella kuroshimae  is a sea staying slow eater that “steals” photosynthesizing chloroplasts from the sustenance it eats in order to produce vitality. The Leaf Sheep is a types of ocean slug that chomps on green growth rather than grass, similar to the sheep you find on dry land. Achieving a length of 5 mm, the little oceanic slug has the qualification of being one of only a handful couple of creatures that can photosynthesize.

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Small sea slug on bottom of the sea

 

 

 

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Sea Leaf sheep floating in water

Not at all like the Leaf Sheep’s landlubbing relatives, it flourishes in the salty oceans close Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines. In the same way as other ocean animals, this one devours green growth to survive. In doing as such, the Leaf Sheep pulls the photosynthesizing chloroplasts from the green growth and joins them into their own body. This procedure is known as kleptoplasty, in which the predator leaves the green growth’s plastids in place, permitting it to quickly profit by vitality produced through photosynthesis.

In spite of the fact that interesting in the set of all animals, the Leaf Sheep is by all account not the only photosynthesising fauna. A few types of ocean slug have this capacity. The Eastern Emerald Elysia is a photosynthesizing ocean slug that lives just off the eastern bank of North America. At up to 30 mm long, the Elysia is somewhat bigger than the Leaf Sheep. Size is not by any means the only region in which the Elysia exceeds the Leaf Sheep. Though the Leaf Sheep just incidentally draws in with photosynthesis, the Elysia really consolidates the green growth’s qualities into its own particular DNA!

The Elysia utilizes its sharp front tooth to suck supplements, including photosynthesizing chloroplasts, from green growth. The quality for repairing these chloroplasts is then encoded onto the Elysia’s genome. “While the cutting edge must take up chloroplasts once again from green growth, the qualities to keep up the chloroplasts are as of now present in the slug genome,” says Professor Sidney Pierce, who has concentrated the wonder. To get most extreme daylight, the Eastern Emerald Elysia is generally found in the shallow waters of bogs, tide pools, and rivers.

Via BoredPanda and Sea Creature Fact of the Week

Images via Randi Ang and Patrick J. Krug

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