Radiolaria

Meet the Morphoids: Radiolaria

 

These we haven’t officially named yet, but I’ve been calling them Radiolaria, after a similarly shaped organism Ernst Haeckle discovered and studied in the early 1900’s. These are really curious creatures, in that they seem to be more active inside of themselves.  We am not sure if they are in a state of hibernation or possibly metamorphosis.

Diagram: Radiolaria

Radiolaria’s Natural Habitat

Here’s an image from our archives of Radiolaria in their natural habitat.

Radiolaria – More differences?

So I’ve been thinking about how the three radiolarias are different colors…… are we missing something here?  Are they different in other ways?  Do you see anything unusual here?  I feel like I should be noticing something here…..

Radiolaria Skin #3!

This is the last photograph of Radiolaria skin.  We cannot understand why these are all different, yet, in a creature such as the bacteriophages, all specimens are the same color.

Radiolaria Skin Specimen #2

Here’s the second photograph of Radiolaria skin.  Last one yet to come.

Radiolaria Skin Specimen #1

This a close up of the skin of one of the radiolaria specimen we’ve collected. The three specimen all have different skin colors.  We are baffled as to why this is.  Any ideas?

We’ll post another Radiolaria skin sample soon.

Radiolaria: Defense Mechanism

In this video, the Radiolaria use what seems to be the fallback defense mechanism for the Morphoids.  This footage was shot by setting up a camera and then leaving the Radios alone for quite some time, so they would no longer feel threatened, and possibly reveal their true natures.  If you look closely, you may see them move.