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Transcript of Blobfish

Blobfish (Psychrolutes marcidus)

Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Seorpaeniformes
Family: Psychrolutidae
Genus: Psychrolutes
Species: P. maricudus

Classification information from:

General Information
Releases energy by Cellular Respiration
Geographic range: It's a deep sea fish and it lives off the coast of Australia and Tasmania. It's located by the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
" The Blobfish."
Habitat: It lives on depths between 2,000-3,900 feet.
"Sea•thos Foundation."
Physical Description: Blobfish grow up to be 12 inches long. Its body is slimy, gelatinous, and lacks muscles. It weighs approximately 20 pounds.
"Sea•thos Foundation."
Diet: It eats sea pens, crabs, and mollusks or whatever floats by.
Re: "What Are the Adaptations of a Blobfish?" WikiAnswers."
Images of Blobfish
"The Blobfish." Web log post. Stunning and Interesting Facts A Collection of Interesting Facts, Stunning Facts, Weird Facts, Animal Facts, Foo Facts, Health Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. <http://www.stunninginterestingfacts.com/2013/01/the-blobfish.html>.

"Blobfish." Web log post. Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 24 Oct. 2013. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blobfish>.

"Sea•thos Foundation." Web log post. Sea•thos Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. <http://www.seathos.org/tag/the-blobfish/>.

Re: What Are the Adaptations of a Blobfish?" Web log comment. WikiAnswers. Answers, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. <http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_the_adaptations_of_a_blobfish>.

Cladogram: Geologica, Scripta. "Abstract." Scripta Geologica. Digital Production Centre, 2012. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://www.scriptageologica.nl/12/nr08/a07>.

2nd left hand corner image: Fooddiggity. "Blobfish Truffles." Foodiggitycom. Fooddiggity, 2011. Web. 04 Nov. 2013. <http://www.foodiggity.com/blobfish-truffles/>.
Timesofbook. "Timesofbook.com." Blobfish Image Gallery ~. Timesofbook.com, 2013. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://www.timesofbook.com/2013/09/blobfish-image-gallery.html>. ( 1st left hand and 1st right hand corner picture)

U2Know. "Top 101 Amazing,weird Living Creatures on Earth." Blobfish World's Most 'miserable Looking' Marine Animal. U2Know, 2013. Web. 05 Nov. 2013. <http://www.uneed2know.eu/blobfish-worlds-most-miserable-looking-marine-animal-aid-179>. 3rd picture

Adaptation one: Gooey, pudding-like skin
The blobfish has very jelly like skin and that helps it live in the high pressures of the deep ocean and it also helps the blobfish float along the ocean floor.
Adaptation two: Lower density than water
Blobfish's bodies have a lower density than water, so they can easily float along the bottom of the ocean floor, eating whatever edible material may float by
Adaptation three: No muscle development
Due to the high pressures of the deep waters the blobfish lives in, the blobfish has had to have an adaptation that eliminates any muscles it may have had. The blobfish floats along the bottom of the ocean floor and does not need muscles for any extra use, so it doesn't use much energy.
Changes in response to environment
Prompt: The food source that your organism has become extinct.
New adaptation one: Muscles
The blobfish would have to develop muscles so that it would be able to move around and capture prey.
New adaptation two:
If the small organisms that the blobfish eat became extinct, then the blobfish would have to develop a density higher than water so they would be able to move up from the deep waters it lives in and find new areas with new prey.
New adaptation three:
In order to get the food it needs, the blobfish would have to develop new predatory physical characteristics. For example, it would need claws, jaws, stingers, etc, which are things that it currently does not have.
Evolutionary history
Ours would be most likely close to the Synbranchiformes, which is the eel. The blobfish is similar to the swamp eel because it has glossy skin and they both live towards the bottom of the ocean. The differences between them are that swamp eels have some muscles and teeth.
All information found: " The Blobfish"
Geologica, Scripta. "Abstract."
"Top 101 Amazing,weird Living Creatures on Earth."
" Timesofbook.com" Top Pictures
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