On Another Note 4: Investigate the Portuguese Man o’ War

Take a little gander at this siphonophore.

While the Portuguese Man o’ War resembles a jellyfish, it is in fact a siphonophore – a colony of four kinds of minute, highly modified individuals, which are specialized polyps and medusoids. Each such zooid in these pelagic colonial hydroids or hydrozoans has a high degree of specialization and, although structurally similar to other solitary animals, are all attached to each other and physiologically integrated rather than living independently.”

Thanks Wikipedia.

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