Special Lips Help Fish Feed on Sharp, Stinging Coral

The razor-sharp skeleton and venomous stinging cells of corals make them one of the most challenging meals in nature, requiring hungry organisms to develop features that can bypass these biological defenses. Researchers have discovered how at least one fish species is able to feed amid such hazards – by “kissing” the mucus and flesh off of the coral skeleton using self-lubricating, protective lips.

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