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Venus' Flower Basket (Euplectella aspergillum) | by Littoraria
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Venus' Flower Basket (Euplectella aspergillum)

Close-up of the spicule structure of a glass sponge. Venus' flower baskets are often given as wedding gifts in Japan--a symbiotic relationship between the sponge and a mating pair of shrimp trapped within (they enter the sponge when young and grow too large to leave) symbolize the lasting bond between bride and groom. Take the metaphor as you will.

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Taken on October 13, 2008