A new creature discovered that eats stone and poops out sand!
Ship-worms also called pileworms, are commonly found in the ocean bed and seas, whose unique food habit has led to the sinking of many ships. Similar to these worms, scientists recently discovered another creature that lives on rock beds and poops sand.
This creature called Lithoredo abatanica was first spotted in 2006 in the thumb-size burrows in the limestone banks of the Abatan River in the Philippines but scientists started to study the organism in detail only from last year.
According to the researchers, these creatures lives in the freshwater and looks like a white, thick wormlike creature, which can grow up to one meter eating rocks. This unique ship-worm has dozens of thicker, millimetre-size teeth which are enough to scrap away rocks. The findings of the study are published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B journal.
The scientists also discovered that cecum, an organ which is common across shipworms, was not there in the new species. The guts of this unusal species were, however, were full of fragments of stone and after research it was found that the stones found in the guts of these shipworm-like creatures were the same in which they were living.
The discovery of Lithoredo abatanica raised a huge concern among the experts. Even though its burrowing helps to create great homes for crabs, snails, and fish, the researchers believe that it may also cause harm, in the future.