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Dilation and constriction of these organelles, called chromatophores, are responsible for the squid’s ability to change color.
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Baby Squid Photography by Jeannot Kuenzel - Malta
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Posted on Flickr March 29 and 31, 2014
Two stages of the development of a [European squid] are visible in the picture. These eggs are about 3mm in diameter; when the little squid inside has used up all the nutrients (all the yolk that is attached to it), it plops its suckers to the inside of the diaphragm and releases enzymes that will aid opening the shell, pushing through the opening - and a tiny new ALIEN of the DEEP is born :]
Notice the CHROMATOPHORES already embedded in its skin and the tiny little SIPHON… BTW, the SQUID on the left is actually laying on its back…
This striking form belongs to the tunicate Nephtheis fascicularis, better known as Lollipop tunicate, Lollipop coral, Blue palm coral, Blue lollypop or Blue cauliflower.
Their color varies from green to blue to purple. They feed on plankton and detritus. Each stalk contains a oval-shaped colony of tunicates, which contain zooids .
This species is found in the Central Western Indo-Pacific . They inhabit shallow waters of lagoons and coastal reefs, at depths of 7 to 13m.
Animalia - Chordata - Ascidiacea - Enterogona - Clavelinidae - Nephtheis - Nephtheis fascicularis (Drasche, 1882)