The course covered a lot of diverse topics, but I just wanted to share my three favorites with you. First, though, a bit of terminology. “Symbiosis” simply means living together, not necessarily good or bad. What we usually refer to as symbiosis is specifically mutualism. This is where both parties benefit. If one benefits and the other is unaffected, it’s commensalism. And parasitism, as we all know, is one benefiting at the expense of the other. Those symbioses are no fun and they don’t make my list.
1. Glowing squid
|The bobtail squid hosts bioluminescent bacteria |
[image from kahikai.org]
However, unlike many other bioluminescent forms of sealife, the bobtail squid can’t produce