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Family Callidulidae: An unusual family of moths known as "Old World Butterfly-moths. Callidulids are a family of butterfly like moths which are distributed throughout southeast Asia and Oceania. Callidulids can exhibit both day and night flying behavior and typically hold their wings over thier backs like butterflies. Thier closest relatives are know truly known but they are thought to be close to hook-tip and geometer moths.

Image: L. Shyamal

 

Pompeii Worm (Alvinella pompejana)

…is a species of deep-sea polychaete worm only found at hydrothermal vents in the pacific ocean. As suggested by its common name this worm deals with large amounts of heat given off by the vents. To deal with this the worms have hairy backs for insulation. These hairs are not hairs but are actually colonies of bacteria which help the worm keep cool. In turn the worm has a glad that secretes a mucus which the bacteria feed on. Pompeii worms attach themselves to the vents and form a tube in which they reside, poking their feathery heads out once and awhile to feed and  breathe.

Phylogeny

Animalia-Annelida-Polychaeta-Terebellida-Alvinellidae-Alvinella-pompejana

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