Plant awareness/Animal Photosynthesis

Gordon Watkins gwatkins at
Sat Nov 22 11:57:59 EST 1997

While animals may not directly photosynthesize to the extent of plants,
corals, clams and other reef invertebrates do harbor algae in their
tissue which, through photosynthesis, share nutrients with their host.
This fairly recent discovery explains why such a nutrient desert as
coral reefs can support such a huge and diverse biomass.
					Gordon Watkins

YankeePerm at wrote:
> I'm sure friend Milo meant to indicate that animals attempt to replicate some
> of the functions of plants, given that their existence predicates the
> existence of animals.  Animals, of course, cannot photosynthesize to the
> extent that plants do.  While some plants are motile, particularly in the
> reproductive phase, with swimming and gliding being common, true flying and
> running about remains the forte of animals.  Of course it is reasonable to
> assume that through co-evolution plants caused animals to do this, saving
> them the trouble of carrying seed from one place to another.  In this regard,
> animals can be seen as the servants of plants.
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