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Megalodicopia hians

(Predatory Tunicate)

M. hians is a unique species of tunicate found in the Montery Canyon, as unlike other tunicates which feed by filtering water this species as per it’s name is a predator. They can be found on canyon walls or the seafloor at around 600-3000 feet down where they lay in wait for small animals (mostly zooplankton) to swim into its large mouth, then like a Venus Flytrap is closes it’s mouth and eats the animal opening it when it is ready to eat again. They look like a clear piranha plant too.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Chordata-Ascidiacea-Phlebobranchia-Octacnemidae-Megalodicopia-hians

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