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September 14, 2021

Salp releasing chain of sexual form of the species

A solitary (asexual) form of the salp Salpa thompsoni in the process of releasing a chain of the sexual form of the species. Salps have a unique life history in which solitary asexual organisms give birth to long colonies comprised of distinctly different organisms, with the organisms in the chains in turn reproducing sexually and giving birth to the solitary individuals.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grants OCE 1756610 and OCE 1756465.]

Learn more in the Florida State University news story FSU researchers uncover new role for strange organisms in ocean food web. (Date image taken: Oct. 29, 2018; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Sept. 14, 2021)

Credit: Courtesy of Michael Stukel

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