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(Guardian)   Move over Blue Whale, you're now the second longest animal on the planet   (theguardian.com) divider line
    More: Strange, Jellyfish, Siphonophorae, Hydrozoa, Portuguese Man o' War, Animal, deep-sea siphonophore, Nerida Wilson, Western Australia  
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2022-11-30 3:55:59 PM  
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2022-11-30 4:22:53 PM  
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/scuba diver
 
2022-11-30 4:25:13 PM  
I thought siphonophores were considered colonies of animals.
 
2022-11-30 4:37:11 PM  

ArkPanda: I thought siphonophores were considered colonies of animals.


they are, that's why this article headline is BS.
A siphonophore is a whole colony of individual creatures that move and act as if they were one larger creature.
They are quantitatively not a single creature though they give the appearance of one to casual observation.
 
2022-11-30 4:39:44 PM  
Oh, did my Guinness record finally get into the book?

/ladies ;)
 
2022-11-30 4:50:17 PM  

dyhchong: Oh, did my Guinness record finally get into the book?

/ladies ;)


Longest neckbeard?
 
2022-11-30 4:56:34 PM  

PvtStash: ArkPanda: I thought siphonophores were considered colonies of animals.

they are, that's why this article headline is BS.
A siphonophore is a whole colony of individual creatures that move and act as if they were one larger creature.
They are quantitatively not a single creature though they give the appearance of one to casual observation.


They are colonies of the siblings.  i.e. every creature in the thing is sibling or a clone so every cell has the same parents.  Each sub creature can end up being each function but once specialized, a sub-animal can't function on its own. For humans, it would be like your identical twin provided the liver, but another twin provided the heart almost like Siamese twins just not exactly in the same skin.  These types of creatures have different specialized animals that function as organs that do attraction, locomotion, killing, digesting and other functions.  Each type associates with others of related types.  A type of organ stays that way for life except it may change based on damage.

/This one is in Australia so if it strings, it will be deadly and I expect it stings.
 
2022-11-30 5:21:58 PM  

PvtStash: They are quantitatively not a single creature though they give the appearance of one to casual observation.


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2022-11-30 5:29:16 PM  

DON.MAC: PvtStash: ArkPanda: I thought siphonophores were considered colonies of animals.

they are, that's why this article headline is BS.
A siphonophore is a whole colony of individual creatures that move and act as if they were one larger creature.
They are quantitatively not a single creature though they give the appearance of one to casual observation.

They are colonies of the siblings.  i.e. every creature in the thing is sibling or a clone so every cell has the same parents.  Each sub creature can end up being each function but once specialized, a sub-animal can't function on its own. For humans, it would be like your identical twin provided the liver, but another twin provided the heart almost like Siamese twins just not exactly in the same skin.  These types of creatures have different specialized animals that function as organs that do attraction, locomotion, killing, digesting and other functions.  Each type associates with others of related types.  A type of organ stays that way for life except it may change based on damage.

/This one is in Australia so if it strings, it will be deadly and I expect it stings.


Yeah, they are specifying as you suggest. It is one organism where individual components are very specialized and cannot be counted as an organism on their own.
 
2022-11-30 5:30:37 PM  
Alan Davies will have to get a new QI answer now...
 
2022-11-30 5:41:21 PM  

Night Night Cream Puff: Alan Davies will have to get a new QI answer now...


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2022-11-30 5:53:27 PM  
> Siphonophores look like jellyfish, and they do belong to the same group of animals, but they build their bodies in a unique way - more like hundreds of tiny jellyfish stuck together. Yet, a siphonophore is a single organism. "It did have two parents," says Wilson. "It was a product of sex."

Yet you could probably chop it into hundreds of segments and each piece would survive as a separate animal.
 
2022-11-30 6:17:00 PM  
"...their submersible was on its two-hour transit back to the ship, the research vessel Falkor,"

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2022-11-30 6:27:48 PM  

Tom Marvolo Bombadil: PvtStash: They are quantitatively not a single creature though they give the appearance of one to casual observation.

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HairBolus: > Siphonophores look like jellyfish, and they do belong to the same group of animals, but they build their bodies in a unique way - more like hundreds of tiny jellyfish stuck together. Yet, a siphonophore is a single organism. "It did have two parents," says Wilson. "It was a product of sex."

Yet you could probably chop it into hundreds of segments and each piece would survive as a separate animal.


"We're the same, but different." ~Siphonophores, 2022
 
2022-11-30 7:41:34 PM  
OK but isn't it a colony of creatures as one being? The various organisms do their jobs of stinging, holding and digesting. There's no single brain. The Blue Whale is one critter. These things are like a bad conga line of tiny tweakers poking needles at everything.

/ I ain't no marine biologist, that's some rocket science.
 
2022-11-30 7:44:18 PM  
I guess this is pretty much the same thing as the largest single organism being a big patch of Aspen trees; all clones, all sharing a mycelium network and roots. I'm pretty certain that is, or was, the biggest organism on Earth but Fark if Fark had a story of one larger.

/ Meh?
 
2022-11-30 8:16:35 PM  
"It did have two parents," says Wilson. "It was a product of sex."

I better Wilson's "the birds and bees" talk was spicy!
 
2022-11-30 8:21:42 PM  

CrazyCurt: OK but isn't it a colony of creatures as one being? The various organisms do their jobs of stinging, holding and digesting. There's no single brain. The Blue Whale is one critter. These things are like a bad conga line of tiny tweakers poking needles at everything.

/ I ain't no marine biologist, that's some rocket science.


Isn't that what any complex organism is? A bunch of different organisms in symbiosis.

On the brain side, from memory, an octopus' arm each contains a brain, does that make an octopus 9 different creatures?

And heaps of organisms have neurons just all over the place, like jellyfish, no single brain there. How many creatures make up one jellyfish?
 
2022-11-30 8:46:43 PM  

dyhchong: Tom Marvolo Bombadil: PvtStash: They are quantitatively not a single creature though they give the appearance of one to casual observation.

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HairBolus: > Siphonophores look like jellyfish, and they do belong to the same group of animals, but they build their bodies in a unique way - more like hundreds of tiny jellyfish stuck together. Yet, a siphonophore is a single organism. "It did have two parents," says Wilson. "It was a product of sex."

Yet you could probably chop it into hundreds of segments and each piece would survive as a separate animal.

"We're the same, but different." ~Siphonophores, 2022


(in unison) "WE ARE ALL INDIVIDUALS!"
 
2022-11-30 8:47:40 PM  

PvtStash: ArkPanda: I thought siphonophores were considered colonies of animals.

they are, that's why this article headline is BS.
A siphonophore is a whole colony of individual creatures that move and act as if they were one larger creature.
They are quantitatively not a single creature though they give the appearance of one to casual observation.


Insert Politics joke here
 
2022-11-30 10:36:38 PM  

dyhchong: On the brain side, from memory, an octopus' arm each contains a brain, does that make an octopus 9 different creatures?

And heaps of organisms have neurons just all over the place, like jellyfish, no single brain there. How many creatures make up one jellyfish?


It appears that in complex creatures, the neurons evolved first from things to control the gut. Then what became the spinal column evolved, then things like the vagus nerve and then the brain evolved last..  Maybe an octopus might be more evolved in some ways than those of us with a backbone.
 
2022-12-01 2:20:02 AM  
Someone put my dick pics online.
 
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