An endolith is an organism archaeonbacteriumfunguslichenalga or amoeba that lives inside rockcoralanimal shellsor in the pores between mineral grains of a rock. Many are extremophilesliving in places long imagined inhospitable to life. They are of particular interest to astrobiologistswho theorize that endolithic environments on Mars and other planets constitute potential refugia for extraterrestrial microbial communities.
The term "endolith", which defines an organism that colonizes the interior of any kind of rock, has been further classified into three subclasses: . Endoliths have been found in rock down to a depth of 3 kilometres 1. Endolithic organisms have also been found in surface rocks in regions of low humidity hypolith and low temperature psychrophileincluding the Dry Valleys and permafrost of Antarctica the Alps and the Rocky Mountains.
Endoliths can survive by feeding on traces of ironpotassiumor sulfur as well as some carbon. See lithotroph. Whether they metabolize these directly from the surrounding rock, or rather excrete an acid to dissolve them first, remains to be seen.
As water and nutrients are rather sparse in the environment of the endolith, they have Johnny Anderson - Secret Number very slow reproduction cycle.
Early data suggest some only engage in cell division once every hundred years. In August researchers reported evidence of endoliths in the ocean floor, perhaps millions of years old and reproducing only once every 10, years. It is thought that they weather long ice ages in this fashion, emerging when the temperature in the area warms.
Dont Care Who Knows (TMS Mix Feat. Motley) - Keisha White - Dont Care Who Knows most endoliths are autotrophsthey Tarantula - Rob Mullins - Tokyo Nights generate organic compounds essential for their survival on their own from inorganic matter.
Some endoliths have specialized in feeding on their autotroph relatives. Only limited research has been done concerning the distribution of marine endolithic fungi and its diversity even though there is a probability that endolithic fungi could perhaps play an important role in the health of coral reefs.
Endolithic fungi have been discovered in shells as early as the year by Edouard Bornet and Charles Flahault. These two French phycologists specifically provided descriptions for two fungi: Ostracoblabe implexis and Lithopythium gangliiforme. Discovery of endolithic fungi, such as Dodgella priscus and Conchyliastrumhas also been made Untitled - Dry Valleys - Movile Cave Sojourns the beach sand of Australia by George Zembrowski.
Findings have also been made in coral reefs and have been found to be, at times, beneficial to their coral hosts. In the wake of worldwide coral bleaching, studies have suggested that the endolithic algae located in the skeleton of the coral may be aiding the survival of coral species by providing an alternative source of energy.
Although the role that endolithic Fungi play is important in coral reefs, it is often overlooked because much research is focused on the effects of coral bleaching as well as the relationships between coelenterate and endosymbiotic symbiodinia. According to a study done by Astrid Gunther endoliths were also found in the island of Cozumel Mexico. The endoliths found there not only included algae and fungi but also included cyanobacteria, sponges as well as many other microborers. The infestation of Phototrophic endoliths resulted in lethal and sub-lethal effects such as the decrease in strength of the mussel shells.
Although the rate of thickening of the shells were faster in more infested areas it is not rapid enough to combat the degradation of the mussel shells. Evidence of endolithic fungi were discovered within dinosaur eggshell found in central China.
Fungus is seldom fossilized and even when it is preserved Untitled - Dry Valleys - Movile Cave Sojourns can be difficult to distinguish endolithic hyphae from endolithic cyanobacteria and algae. Endolithic microbes can, however, be distinguished based on their distribution, ecology, and morphology. According to a study, the endolithic fungi that formed on the eggshells would have resulted in the abnormal incubation of the eggs and may have contributed to the mass extinction of these dinosaurs.
It may also have led to the preservation of Untitled - Dry Valleys - Movile Cave Sojourns eggs, including some that contained embryos. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Cryptoendolithic. Organism living inside a rock. For the dental term, see Pulp stone. The New York Times.
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