Got Gonad?

In an upcoming paper I have in press with colleagues, we are describing 4 new species of Anemone form hydrothermal vents in the western Pacific. When taking thin sections to describe the histology of one species of Chondrophellia sp. nov. we found it chock full of ova!

Photo of Chondrophellia sp nov at 100x. Containing more ova than you can shake a tentacle at!

Photo of Chondrophellia sp nov at 100x. Containing more ova than you can shake a tentacle at!

It makes you wonder, where will all those baby anemones land? I’ve rarely seen several Chondrophellia together. They must go off into the netherworld…where all the left socks go…

Kevin Zelnio (886 Posts)





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2 comments on “Got Gonad?
  1. Man that is a tease!!! In press? When press?
    I love the sock monster theory of larval distribution. Gotta go check behind the washer for all those missing larvae!

  2. It should be coming out in the next issue of Marine Biology Research, probably July. I’ll do a wordle on it after sex week.

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