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How a sponge ‘sneezes’ mucus: against the flow

Time-lapse footage of the Indo-Pacific sponge Chelanoplysilla sp.

A sponge expels debris (white dots; time-lapse video) from inlets on its surface. The debris then travels along ‘mucus highways’ to form concentrated deposits, which the sponge ‘sneezes’ away. Credit: Daniel Stoupin/BioQuest

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Nature 608, 453 (2022)



  1. Kornder, N. A. et al. Curr. Biol. (2022).

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