Biologists have discovered a previously unknown species of larvae in the ocean. In whom they grow up - not installed

Phoronid larvae were first described in 1846, ten years before scientists discovered the adults.

individuals of this species. As adults, horseshoe worms attach themselves to rocks or corals on the ocean floor at relatively shallow depths, ranging from 200 to 1,000 m.

However, the larvae are very different from the adults, and the species has great diversity.

Researchers have collected over 50 larvae inPanama Bay and the Caribbean and tried to match their DNA with the DNA of adults stored in a gene bank. As a result, they found one larva whose DNA does not coincide with any of the known phoronid species.

Previously, scientists from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute discovered parasitic wasps that gain control of spiders, turning them into zombies.