bone-eating snot flower worm
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A slight misunderstanding of the taxonomic name Osedax mucofloris, which actually means "snot-flower bone-eater", with mucofloris modifying Osedax rather than the other way around.
- A worm-like creature, Osedax mucofloris, that feeds on the carcasses of minke whales in the North Sea.
2005 October 19, “Bone-eating snot flower worm hitches a ride on whales”, in The Guardian:
- Bone-eating snot flower (Osedax mucofloris) is the unglamorous name given to a species of worm discovered feeding off minke whale carcasses in the North Sea
2010 May 27, “Creatures of the deep surface at new exhibition”, in CNN:
- Once all the meat has been stripped away, even the bones provide food for a creature called the "bone-eating snot flower worm" (Osedax mucofloris).
2010 October 21, “Los Angeles News - Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology Column”, in LA Weekly:
- Known informally as the bone-eating snot-flower worm, it looks like a frilly pink plume growing up out of sheer bone
2012, DEK Ferrier, “Evolutionary crossroads in developmental biology: annelids”, in Development:
- Such a range of habitats along with a wide range of feeding strategies, including predation, deposit feeding, filter feeding, parasitism and symbiosis, as well as the unusual strategy adopted by the bone-eating snot-flower worm