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Mussels Can Perform Magic
One of the most remarkable examples of mimicry occurs in some North American freshwater mussels in the genus Lampsilis.
Their young go through a parasitic stage, in which they must attach to the gills of fish and suck their blood before
later dropping off and resuming a normal mussel-ish life on the stream bottom. But how can a sessile adult mussel get
its young into the gills of a fish? The answer involves evolutionary modification of the
mussel’s brood pouch—which contains its young—so that it attracts predatory fish.


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