Kōrero: Marine animals without backbones

Mud dragon

Mud dragon

This mud dragon, magnified more than 100 times, is one of three species discovered in Otago Harbour in 2004. Their scientific name, kinorhynch, means moveable snout. No more than 1 millimetre long, these tiny animals burrow through mud, using their spine-covered snouts to trap prey.

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Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) by Brian Paavo

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, 'Marine animals without backbones - Tiny sea animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/5866/mud-dragon (accessed 29 November 2023)

He kōrero nā Dennis Gordon and Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006