Hydrozoa 八腳水螅

220x220x100cm, 2022

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NT. 620,000

Relatives of jellyfish and corals, hydroids are very small,  predatory animals that often look like jellyfish or branching plants. They gather food with tiny tentacles armed with stinging cells. There are about 3,800 known species, living in marine or freshwater habitats. One particular species, the hydra, holds within its genomic code the key to biological immortality. The hydra does not age, and can even regrow its head if decapitated.

 

作為水母與珊瑚的近親,水螅是非常小的掠食性動物,看起來像水母或是分枝植物。他們用帶有刺細胞的小觸手來收集食物。目前約有3800種已知品種,居住在海洋或淡水棲息地。有一特殊品種名:九頭蛇,其基因組合擁有生物永生的關鍵,九頭蛇不會老化,被斬首時甚至可以重新長出頭部。