Monday, March 02, 2020
“First Ever Animal that Doesn’t Breathe” is not exactly a box jellyfish but just as alien
“First Ever Animal that Doesn’t Breathe”, by Anton Petrov.
Anton describes the Henneguya Salminicola, which might be related to jellyfish, but which has no mitochondrial DNA for normal respiration with ADP. It lives inside the muscles of salmon, and parasitizes them, giving up breathing to have more energy for reproduction. A sea worm is also part of its life cycle.
It’s an odd animal to talk about in the middle of the world public health crisis.Wikipedia: By Michal Maňas - Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1777605