Chaetognath, SEM

Chaetognath, SEM

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Caption: Chaetognath. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a chaetognath (phylum Chaetognatha). This microscopic predatory worm is transparent or translucent and is covered by a cuticle. It has fins and a pair of hooked, chitinous, grasping spines (pink) on each side of its head, which are used in hunting. The spines are covered with a hood when swimming. Chaetognaths are hermaphroditic, carrying both eggs and sperm. Some species are known to use the neurotoxin tetrodotoxin to subdue prey. Magnification: x100 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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