Science Caturday: Welcome, Weird New Thingies

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Scientists have discovered a new kind of mushroomy, jellyfishy type thingie that nobody had ever studied before. A paper published this week in the journal PLOS ONE describes the discovery of the previously unknown creatures off the coast of Australia. Lead author Jean Just, of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, admitted “we don’t even know if they’re upside down.”

The animals are described as looking like floppy chanterelle mushrooms but feeling like dollops of gelatin.  The two new species described in the study were officially named Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides.  As yet, almost nothing is known about them, and only 18 specimens have been studied.

Mushroom Cat says “ohai” to his newly discovered cousins.

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