Logged in with social media?
Click below to join the zones and ASK and VOTE for your favourite species…
Offshore waters around Scotland
None of my relatives exist anymore, so it's a total guess
Phoronids, maybe? Phoronids are a type of worm.
I should be sequenced because...: I am a completely unique relic species. No one knows where I fit on the tree of life.
One sentence about me...: A lonely relic species without a home.
Honestly, do I really look like a mollusc? Look closer, see my pretty veils. You won’t see those on a clam!
I’m a “relic” species. I have ancestors all the way back to 400 million years ago, but no one knows where I fit with modern organisms.
Am I a worm?
Am I a mollusc?
Where do I belong?
You’ll need to sequence me to find out!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Old, very old.
What's it like where you live?
Deep, and dark
What's your favourite food?
What's your family life like?
Very settled (I sit down on a hard surface for life, just like a mussel).
Are you endangered or threatened by anything?
My habitat keeps getting smaller
What's the best thing about you/interesting fact?
I'm nearly 400 million years old.
The champion of this species is...
Peter Balfe, Birmingham University