Osedax mucofloris is one of my all-time favorite sea creatures. Why? Osedax mucofloris literally translates to "bone-eating snot-flower," which, let's face it, is pretty much the greatest scientific name ever.
There are plenty of other reasons to love Osedax. Over on Deep Sea News, Craig McClain has an awesome top 10 list of why these bone-eating worms are so unequivocally excellent. For instance:
- Dwarf males ejaculate from the tops of their heads… don’t know what else to say about this but there you have it.
- It’s not Osedax but Osedaxes, or Osedaxi, or whatever the hell it is. The point is that there are half a dozen to a dozen species. Imagine learning there are zombie humans, zombie dogs, zombie cats, zombie cows, zombie houseflies, zombie rats, and so on except instead of feeding on brains they prefer your bones. Only time will tell if Osedax crawl out of the ocean and consume us all.
- Acid… yep I said acid. Females secrete a bone melting acid from their roots to help dissolve old whalebones or your face, which ever is closer. As if Osedax could get any more bad ass, I’m now thinking of the Alien queen.
That whet your appetite? Hit up DSN for the full rundown on these snotty, bone-eating worms of the ocean deep.