Image of the Day: Slimy Worm

A velvet worm (Epiperipatus acacioi) unfurls its folded mouth papillae—one of which is shown here—to squirt an oscillating jet of slime for prey capture and self-defense. (Scale bar = 100 microns)

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UNIVERSITY OF SAO PAULO, CRISTIANO SAMPAIO-COSTA(See “Oscillation of the velvet worm slime jet by passive hydrodynamic instability,” Nature Communications, 2015.)

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