Bizarre, clam, eat rocks for breakfast

As just described, the rock-eating shipworm, also known as the Lithoredo abatanica. Credit: Reuben Shipway; Marvin Altamia

Rock may not sound like a meal to most forms of life, but it’s on the menu, a new species of a large, bizarre-looking clam.

However, even though this clam is consumed lime stone, the co-founders do not know whether or not the person snags a real food rocks. For example, the bacteria in the lamb’s intestine and help to break up the rock and release the nutrients?

“We want to have a look to the symbionts, the bacteria living in those animals, in order to determine whether they are providing the food, and this is an area of research that we are currently facing,” said study lead researcher Reuben Shipway, a postdoctoral researcher at the Marine Science Center at Northeastern University in boston Massachusetts. [Photos: Spooky Deep-Sea Creatures]

The new clam is a type of shipworm, is the name for a group of clams, so named because they are consuming the wood, especially on boats. The wood is very hard, not to eat, but the adjustments will help these clams burrow in the material, these changes are “small and rows and rows of small, sharp teeth on the shell and create a special body for the wood storage and the digestive process, which is called the caecum,” Shipway, told Live Science.

All of the well-known shipworm eats the wood, so Shipway and his colleagues were surprised to find that, when the Philippine population in the province of Bohol, told them to 2018, a fresh-water shipworm that ate the rocks. Locally, it is known as the “antingaw,” and for the mothers to eat because they think it will help them lactate, ” he said. The new species has been identified in a recent expedition led by the French biologist Philippe Bouchet Museum of Natural History in Paris, but it was the locals who helped the team search for the mysterious shipworm, the researchers said.)

In contrast to other shipworms, the newly-appointed Lithoredo abatanica (which roughly means “the rock of shipworm by the Abatan River has lost all of the wood-boring changes, including the caecum, Shipway said. On the contrary, this is the clam’s shell has a really large shovel-like projections to dig into the rocks,” he said.

The creature’s Shell crunches as the rocks, the animals can eat, digest and expel it as a fine, white sand. “There are a small number of dogs do that, take the rock, for example, birds use gizzard stones to aid digestion,” Shipway said. “But Lithoredo abatanica, it is the only known animal that will eat a rock through this.”

He described it as the rock-eating clams in as “pretty bizarre” — these are thick, translucent, worm-like clams at all.” In the majority of instances, the researchers were collected in 4-inch (10 cm) in length, but a couple of people that were a lot bigger.

“That’s when I take a swim in the river, I saw a hole more than 2 feet [60 cm] in length!” Shipway said. “Well, there are some absolute monsters live deep within the rock.”

Due to the consumption of rock music, and L. abatanica is, quite literally, changing the course of the river, and Shipway have been added. “These caves also provide habitat for many other species living in the river, such as crabs and fish,” he said. “This is a very rare, but it is very important for the process in freshwater environments.”

The study is online as of 19 June) in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.

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