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May 12th, 2016 Sin categoría

The Sloth and The Green Algae

Did you know that? The fur of sloths, is home of green algae, along with a many microorganisms. The color of these algae, in turn, serves as camouflage for the sloth, mingling with the greenery of Guanacaste tropical forests.

Sloth hair is long and coarse and depending on the species can contain either a number of grooves or irregular transverse cracks that increase in number and size with the age of the animal. These features are ideal for habitation by a wide variety of organisms, ranging from moths, beetles, and cockroaches to ciliates, fungi, and algae.

Three-toed sloths descend from the trees once a week to defecate, providing a breeding ground for moths that live in the animals’ fur and nourishing gardens of algae that supplement the sloths’ diet, new research finds. Leaving the trees burns energy and makes sloths easy prey for predators, but the benefits of a richer diet appear to be worth the perils. Getting in return camouflage and extra nutrients via diffusion and absorption through the hair and skin.

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