Friday, July 1, 2011

Symbiosis In Nature

 Symbiosis In Nature

Giant moray eel (Gymnothorax javanicus) with a fourline cleaner wrasse (Larabicus quadrilineatus). Cleaner wrasses remove parasites from the bodies of other fish. The giant moray eel is the largest of the moray eels. It is found in the Indo-Pacific region, and reaches up to 3 metres in length. Here, only the head and front part of its elongated body is visible. Photographed in the Red Sea, Sinai, Egypt.

Male Nubian Ibex (Capra ibex nubiana AKA Capra nubiana) and Tristram's Starling or Tristram's Grackle (Onychognathus tristramii) showing Symbiosis between the two species Photographed in the Judean Desert, Israel

Israel, Eilat, Red Sea, - Underwater photograph of a bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus) on a Broomtail Wrasse (Ceilinus lunulatus).  cleaner wrasses, eat parasites and dead tissue off larger fishes' skin in a mutualist relationship that provides food and protection for the wrasse, and considerable health benefits for the other fish.

Giant clam (Tridacna gigas). This is the largest living bivalve mollusc, the shells of mature individuals reaching 1.5 metres in length. The giant clam can filter microscopic plants and animals from the water, but it obtains most of its food from photosynthetic symbiotic algae which live in its tissues. Photographed in the Red Sea Israel

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