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Look at the mysterious ‘dragon booger’ found in Vancouver's Lost Lagoon

Pond gunk has never been so fascinating.
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pectinatella magnifica

A dragon booger, more scientifically known as *Pectinatella magnifica"

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“Dragon boogers” go by many names. “,” for one, and “bryozoans,” for another. They’re also known as “ectoprocta,” meaning “anus outside.” If you’re unfamiliar with the phylogeny of aquatic invertebrates, it might seem unnecessary to distinguish creatures with anuses outside from creatures with anuses inside. And yet, it is necessary—which is the

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