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Marine Sputnik

Pluteus larvae of sea urchins are planctonic organisms that display an amazing 8-armed structure. This marine ship carries a little baby sea urchin that will emerge during the metamorphosis. The pluteus eats little algeas and swims in the sea using multiples ciliated cell. Here is a 3D schematic representation of a pluteus larva, compiled from several in vivo, confocal and SPIM microscopy observations.

Publication : 14-09-2017
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