Bobtail squid coat their eggs in antifungal goo


Hawaiian bobtail squid
BOBTAIL BACTERIA Hawaiian bobtail squid have a secret weapon to protect their eggs and offspring: fungus-fighting bacteria.

MADISON, Wis. — When eggs go bad, bacteria usually get the blame. But some bacteria help bobtail squid keep their eggs fresh.

Bacteria that female Hawaiian bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) deposit in the jelly surrounding their eggs can fight off a fungus called Fusarium keratoplasticum, Spencer Nyholm reported July 9 at the Beneficial Microbes Conference.

A specialized organ called the accessory nidamental gland is found…


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