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Evolution is Cool: Coral Reef Cleaning Stations

One of the YouTube Channels I subscribe to is Earth Touch, which I discovered via Amy Carparelli regularly tweeting me their videos. Back in January they published this fascinating video about coral reef cleaning stations, entitled Spa Day for the Creatures of the Sea about the bluestreak cleaner wrasse (Labroides dimidiatus):

As it was a new video about cleaner fish, I brought it to the attention of Professor Jerry Coyne, including the comment, “Evolution is so cool!”

His reply included the comment, “Check this out – evolution is even cooler than you thought!” It describes the mimicry behaviour of the sabre-toothed blenny  ( Aspidontus taeniatus).

Jerry told me he includes the above video when he lectures about mimicry.

I didn’t learn much science at school for reasons I won’t bore you with, and so I’m largely self-taught. However, it’s great being in your fifties and still finding new things every day to fill you with wonder. Our universe is amazing, and there’s so much interesting stuff to learn. I hope you enjoyed this wee lesson as much as I did. 🙂

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