💀🐼 The Skeleton Panda Sea Squirt 🐼💀

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Time for another strange animal you have probably never heard off! And this one is a cute new species from Japan...cute in a creepy kind of way!

Let's check it out:

As explained in the video, the creature you just witnessed was nicknamed as the skeleton panda sea squirt and was scientifically described as Clavelina ossipandae.

Interestingly the species was discovered thanks to pictures on the internet circulating since 2018 until it was formally described in a new paper only a few days ago!

An unidentified colonial ascidian called gaikotsu-panda-hoya in Japanese, literally meaning ‘skeleton panda ascidian,’ has been attracting SCUBA divers’ attention for the past few years since its strange appearance was introduced on the Internet by a diving shop in Kumejima Island, Japan. To confirm the taxonomic status of this species, fresh samples were collected from a diving point off the coast of Kumejima Island. Our morphological examination revealed that they represent a new species source

Chances are that like me you wonder what kind of animal this is. Well, it belongs to the class of Ascidiacea. Simply known as ascidians or sea squirts this is a class of invertebrate filter feeders. There are over 2300 species in this group which occurs all over the world. Here's a link to Wikipedia if you want to further educate yourself on Ascidians.

Now, back to the skeleton panda sea squirt. The species forms colonies of one to four zooids and individuals are about 1.5 cm (0.59 inches long). For now we know it occurs in the waters off the coast of the Japanese Kumejima Island, Japan, where both the original reports and the samples used to describe it were obtained.

I don't want you to bore you with semantics and chances are you don't care lol. Still, here's a link to the paper describing the species if you fancy reading more on the species.

As a sidenote, the clavelina genus has some other cool looking squirts like Clavelina picta:

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Ok friends, how you enjoyed discovering yet another wonder if nature with me. See you soon with more! In the meantime, feel free to check the links below for more animal oddities !





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The world is full of such amazing creatures.

I just saw the video and am truly amazed and astounded by the craftsmanship of nature.

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That thing is wicked cool. I like it

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Best panda

Would?

I have so many questions! Why does it have white blood? What is the main component of those white blood cells, and how does it transport oxygen? Where's the mouth opening and where's the butt? (No, I'm not expecting you to have the answers. I'm just a curious sort.)

Oddly, while the scientist said he didn't know why it has those eye spots, it seems likely they're there for the same reasons thousands of other species have eye spots.

Mostly though, I'm looking forward to when ZeFrank discovers this species and does one of his videos about it. 😆

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, it seems likely they're there for the same reasons thousands of other species have eye spots

Sex? 😳😂

ZeFrank discovers this species and does one of his videos about it.

Who is zefrank? 😂

OMG. You don't know ZeFrank? I get the feeling you'll love him. Check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-s714RNXHY

And while the video above explains how eye spots appear, it doesn't explain the most commonly accepted reason why they appear - self defense. Consider the size of the eye spots on a moth's wings as compared to the size of its actual eyes. The eye spots make it look much bigger than it actually is, so that it's less likely to get eaten.

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Lame :P

I like it :p

Love the colours. Never seen anything like it but it looks cool in a weird way. I wonder who named it😁

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Thanks!

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Lol

Yeah it's really strange. I haven't know about it

Now you have ^_^

Nature is full of unexpected things. I definitely think it is weird and something that I wouldn't want to get near if I saw it in person.

Looks like underwater flowers 🌹

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