anonymous asked:

The thing with it being a parasitic fungus is that parasitic organisms usually are pretty specifically adapted to certain conditions (like the hosts body temperature etc. for endoparasites); Plus fungi aren'tusually that keen on shifting conditions like sudden extreme heat, an will most likely produce spores of some sort. But I mean, you can really do whatever you want, sometimes especially fungi behave not like expected! Reversal of some inner reactions under changing conditions for example

Ohh gotcha! The fungi in question aren’t–really so much fungi beyond they ‘look like such’ but rather an intelligent lifeform–going a bit spoilery here, i’ve shown once (in a terribly old comic)

that there;s enormous projections of a sort of plant/fungal macroform enveloping Frontera, enormous spires that weave in and out of the planet’s crust. It’s sort of a big deal what it entails, and there’s even a membrane that covers the surface of the planet and makes it hard to pass in and out–a sort of imposed quarantine that only recently outside federations were able to traverse (in no small part because of Altes who live in the membrane) Domes are also very organic and there’s a sort of ‘nerve cluster’ network made by this macroform some call Huizache. 

The fungi is venerated as a being, and it does respond to this–Amanuenso have an innate affiliation with it, as well as most other frontera gestalt and just gestalt in general, with a sect of knights that are ‘anointed’ by being possessed by this thing. One of such examples is a main character whom i don’t touch much–here’s drawing by the amazing @extra-vertebrae

Sabelico is one of the more hardcore knight examples, though overall the huizache’s presence could definitely imply super adaptive biology since knights compose military and theistic ranks that traverse outside of the amanu sphere, so definitely outside their safe environments. Though man I loooove the suggestion that it’d behave unexpectedly under certain circumstances! gives good food for thought


ooh perhaps the fungi or a specific type of fungi serves as a kind of “parasitic hemoglobin” in warmer tempretures, meaning they can i dunno spend a few weeks eating it/bathing in it to fill their bloodstream with oxygen-carrying nanospores that allow travel in warm enviroments but have to be purged every so often, giving a kind of waiting period moving between tempretures to stop the “fungal bends” or something

maybe it could cause damage long term so they cant LIVE in warm enviroments, and have to return to a cold enviroment every few years, a process requiring a few weeks or months of acclimatization and parasitical fungal hemoglobin purging to prevent blood hyperoxygenation . and the spores can turn them a funny colour/have wierd side effects

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! It reminds me a little of Jauria biology issue where they sometimes become bloated with blood if they don’t berserk often or do blood-letting, the purging thing entails just so much nice…weird body horror stuff? Also a sort of, universal ‘get down and purge’ thing…since Jauria also have a kind of symbiote fungi and Jauria run both SUPER hot and live in hotter environments maybe it helps with this in some way?

They gotta groom their huizache growths or get curly hair or something, haha…oh man this sounds super cool, thanks for the suggestion! 

tokiro07  asked:

This may seem like a strange question, but do you know of any animals that let insects or other arthropods live on them? Like not as parasites, but actually let it happen and maybe even use them for some purpose? I'm trying to think of Pokemonthat could be secondary Bug type without actually being bugs. The best I have right now are acacia trees and antbirds.

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Top: Tse-Tse Flies [interesting etymological fact: “Tsetse” literally translates to “fly” in the Tswana language - calling the species tsetse flies is actually redundant]

Bottom: Trypanosome bodies within bloodstream: Approximately the same size as a red blood cell.

Tsetse flies are the biological vectors of multiple trypanosomes. They acquire them in the process of feeding on one vertebrate host, and transmit them to the uninfected vertebrates the feed on. Trypanosomes have complex lifestyles that require both the tsetse fly and the vertebrate host (which varies depending on trypanosome species), and though they don’t physically affect their fly hosts, invariably kill vertebrate hosts that aren’t treated.

Of particular interest is Trypanosoma brucei, which causes “African sleeping sickness” (African trypanosomiasis). After fully sequencing the genetic code of this protozoan parasite, scientists discovered one of the main reasons why the body has so much trouble fighting it: there are over 800 different surface proteins (which are essential to the body for identifying enemies that need destroying) that T. brucei can mix-and-match to evade the immune system. No wonder the immune system can’t keep up…

Tropical Diseases: A Manual of the Diseases of Warm Climates. Sir Patrick Manson, 1919.

anonymous asked:

You did not present the science against evolution at all though. The intelligent design theory is BACKED BY SCIENCE, not just certain religions. The complexities of the cell could not have arisen over time. Darwin himself said that a discovery (such as machines in the cell) would disprove him. I am not bashing your faith in proteins to spontaneously become life. I am simply presenting beliefs that were incorrectly presented. "The Bible said so" is NOT the reason I believe in intelligent design.

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My Favourite TV Characters Number 4/25

“Flatworms are what are known as obligate endoparasites. They live inside the host, entering the body through the ingestion of larvae or eggs. They are not creatures that go around attacking people!” ~ Dana Scully (The X Files)

I the first episode of the X-Files we are introduced to Dana Scully, FBI Agent and Scientist (Specifically a Pathologist) who is brought in to ‘debunk’ the work of FBI loose cannon Fox Mulder. To the FBI elite (and secretive government agencies) horror the two form an unbreakable friendship and working relationship. Scully is the voice of reason and sanity reining Mulder in when needed and I don’t think there has been a stronger female character on TV. No matter what horror’s or personal losses she faced she stood firm at Mulder’s side. There is a common theme in many of the characters I have mentioned as most are even a woman with a gun or a scientist. In Scully both boxes are ticked (I obviously have a thing for brave and intelligent). On a very personal note, I was only eleven when I started watching the X-Files and it was in watching Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Scully that I realised I was attracted to women. So Dana Scully will always have a special place in my heart.