An odd new species of worms with powerful males has been found feeding on bones of dead creatures in the sea depths, according to recent discoveries. The new type of deep-see worms managed to somehow turn around their evolution in comparison with other fellow crawlers.
Analysts said that male worms in this species have managed become considerably bigger than their own ancestors. Additionally, these worms mated in a way not quite the same as their next of kin, the analysts said.
The researchers tracked this new worm species down more than 2,500 feet deep at the bottom of Monterey Bay. There, the worms were living and feeding on the decaying bones of a dead seal. As indicated by the scientists, it is the same area where a peculiar worm species was found around 12 years back by an exploration group from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
As per a past study, in most male and female creatures, sexual choices are diverse. However the researchers discovered that the male worms grew larger to equal the females in a rivalry for sex and nourishment.
The as of late found species was named Osedax Priapus, after the mythological divinity of fertility. The name is supposed to reflect the fact that the the 3-inch-long worms were spotted while expanding their bodies to hunt down female worms to mate.
The first types of Osedax worms were discovered about twelve years ago by Robert Vrijenhoek, an evolutionary scientist. The biologist pointed out that the worms did not have eyes, mouth, stomach or legs.
Sea life scientist from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Greg Rouse, explained that the newfound worms are an evolutionary peculiarity. They are believed to be one of a kind in the animal kingdom. The males are just as huge as the females and countless times bigger than any other fellow worms from related species.
Usually, when it comes to worms’ way of life, the females are the ones who rule, having around or even inside them herds of small males. Basically males live in more of a larva state within females’ bodies. They also provide the males food. In this case, however, the males feed by themselves.
This newest discovery has been published in in the December volume of Current Biology and proved once more how many things we still don’t know about all the creatures on our planet.