Monday, November 24, 2014

Fungi and Plants and Skeletons, Oh My!

Grey Tooth Fungi

Grey tooth fungi belong to the stipitate hydroid fungi group, in which these fungi share morphological characters. They release their spores from tooth-like structures and their bodies have a short stalk or known as a ‘stipe.’ The grey tooth fungi’s teeth are placed on the underside of the body, and the flesh has somewhat of a leathery texture. However, when the flesh dries, it develops a spicy smell. The outside of the fungi’s body appears paler than the rest of the body because it signifies growth. When comparing, the younger specimen has the widest growth area.

The Fanged Pitcher Plant

The fanged pitcher plant is the largest plant in all of Asia, and not to mention they are carnivorous. They are well equipped with large pitcher-shaped leaves that are capable of trapping small organisms. Within these pitched traps there are acidic digestive juices that help the plant consume its afternoon grub. The leaves are covered with small lids that prevent rainwater from diluting the digestive liquids.

The American Bullfrog

The American bullfrog is North America's largest frog species, and the bullfrog is known for its deep croak. The coloration of the American bullfrog actually varies depending on the location. The animal ranges from bright green to olive and brownish green. They also have a pattern of brown or grey on their back to keep camouflage. Unlike the grey tooth fungi, the American bullfrog's underside is much paler because it does not receive any sunlight. Female American bullfrogs are also larger than the male, whoop whoop go females!

The Skeletal System

The skeletal system represents the internal framework of the body. The system is composed of 270 bones in all, and as the human continues to grow, the bone total decreases to around 206. In some cases, bones have the ability to fuse together. By the age of 30, the skeleton’s bone mass reaches maximum density. The human skeleton can be also divided into two portions: the axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton. The vertebral column, rib cage and the human skull make up the axial skeleton. The pectoral girdle, pelvic bone and upper and lower limbs make up the appendicular skeleton.  

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