Strange green flatworms –
commonly known as “mint-sauce worms” due to their bright green color –
behave more like plants than they do animals, “feeding” off the sun’s
rays. In fact, adult worms survive entirely on the nutrients produced by
photosynthesizing symbiotic algae living within their bodies. But the
peculiarities of this plant-animal species don’t end there. Curiously, a
new study has found these worms collect together in enormous groups,
forming a kind of “superorganism.”
The three millimeter-long worms, scientifically known as Symsagittifera roscoffensis, are
found along much of Europe’s Atlantic coast. When enough of these tiny
organisms gather together in shallow water on sheltered sand beaches to
sunbathe, they start swimming around in a circle.
When the tide is high, however, they bury themselves in the sand. They
are often thought of as a plant-animal hybrid for having both plant and
Living Things - Symbiotic Living with photosynthetic algae
Superb speculative Emerging Technology Design exploring the symbiosis between humans and photosynthetic algae through the installation of furniture that cultivates living things. By Jacob Douenias and Ethan Frier. Want!
Living Things is installed at the Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until March 27, 2016.