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Bryostatin symbiotic origins

Today, I discovered that bryostatin—a promising bioactive compound extracted from bryozoan colonies with potential medical applications for Alzheimer’s, cancers, and HIV therapy—is actually produced by bacterial symbionts:

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Convert video to animated GIF

Something I’m doing more often is converting videos of developing embryos or marine invertebrates to animated GIFs. But how can you do this conversion without affecting the quality of the video? Some time ago I found this guide to convert videos to high-quality animated GIFs using the tool FFmpeg. The trick is to generate a […]

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Living entoprocts

Live footage of entoprocts! Tiny colonial invertebrates that capture food with a crown of ciliated tentacles

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The pelagosphera larva of Sipuncula

The pelagosphera larva of #Sipuncula. Photo by Alvaro Migotto via @cifonauta http://cifonauta.cebimar.usp.br/photo/10874/

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Is Lineus longissimus the longest animal on Earth?

Which is the longest animal in the world? Last year, the PeerJ journal published an article about the largest marine animals. The neat infographic accompanying their tweet immediately got my attention (if the figure is not showing up, check it in full resolution here): For a couple of milliseconds, I thought the scale bar below the […]

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Bryozoan life cycle

The BEST footage of bryozoan life cycle on the internet. Meet the coronate larva of Bugula neritina. Wow!

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Ribbon worm hunting for the first time

Every master has humble beginnings. Ribbon worms (or nemerteans) are predators. They use a proboscis full of toxins, sometimes with sharp stilets or creepy branching patterns, to paralyze their prey and swallow them whole. The eversion of the proboscis occurs by an interesting mechanism. It’s based on muscular power and pressure in the cavity where […]

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Comb jelly swallowed hole

Swallowed Whole—a comb jelly preying on a comb jelly. Just awesome! #ctenophora

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Rotifers on a petri dish

Rotifers (Adineta vaga) hanging out on a petri dish. The oblong object on the top is an egg.

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New bryozoan species from Brazil

Twelve new bryozoan species from Brazil (Vieira et al. 2014) with videos hosted on the Cifonauta database. Check out some of these images here.