Coccolithophores are spherical cells usually less than 0.1 mm across, enclosed by calcareous plates called coccoliths. [71], Soon after the emergence of these first multicellular organisms, a remarkable amount of biological diversity appeared over a span of about 10 million years, in an event called the Cambrian explosion. Sponge biodiversity. Most reptiles are oviparous, although several species of squamates are viviparous, as were some extinct aquatic clades[354] — the fetus develops within the mother, contained in a placenta rather than an eggshell. Chlamydomonas globosa, a unicellular green alga with two flagella just visible at bottom left, Chlorella vulgaris, a common green microalgae, in endosymbiosis with a ciliate[390]. Later on, some eukaryotes that already contained mitochondria also engulfed cyanobacterial-like organisms. [52], Current species are a stage in the process of evolution, with their diversity the product of a long series of speciation and extinction events. Bacteriophages, often just called phages, are viruses that parasite bacteria and archaea. The typical body plan of a worm involves long cylindrical tube-like bodies and no limbs. Most viruses cannot be seen with an optical microscope so electron microscopes are used instead. It has been estimated there are 200,000-800,000 species of which about 50,000 species have been described. [30] It has been estimated the outer crust of solid ice is about 10–30 km (6–19 mi) thick and the liquid ocean underneath is about 100 km (60 mi) deep. Informally phyla can be thought of as a way of grouping organisms according to their body plan. The manta ray, largest ray in the world, has been targeted by fisheries and is now vulnerable.[331]. Unlike other animals, they lack true tissues and organs, and have no body symmetry. The Greenland shark lives longer than any other vertebrate. [12] Water is the only common substance to exist as a solid, liquid, and gas under conditions normal to life on Earth. Re-examination of the relationship between marine virus and microbial cell abundances. [163] Spores of many species have special appendages which facilitate attachment to the substratum. [126], Viruses are an important natural means of transferring genes between different species, which increases genetic diversity and drives evolution. Most marine life have flippers such as seals. [316] The lampreys are a very ancient lineage of vertebrates, though their exact relationship to hagfishes and jawed vertebrates is still a matter of dispute. Wind blowing at the ocean surface or deep ocean currents can result in cold and nutrient rich waters from abyssal depths moving up the continental slopes. [342] They have enormous diversity, and range in size from adult gobies 8mm long [343] to ocean sunfish weighting over 2,000 kg. Microbes are responsible for virtually all the photosynthesis that occurs in the ocean, as well as the cycling of carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, other nutrients and trace elements. May 5, 2016 by Elisabeth Morgan. Some extinct marine reptiles, such as ichthyosaurs, evolved to be viviparous and had no requirement to return to land. [152], Single-celled alga, Gephyrocapsa oceanica. These plants have adapted to the high salinity of the ocean environment. Nematodes are ubiquitous pseudocoelomates which can parasite marine plants and animals. Cartilaginous fishes may have evolved from spiny sharks. Lampreys are often parasitic and have a toothed, funnel-like sucking mouth. Most species nest in colonies, which can vary in size from a few dozen birds to millions. While cnidarians exhibit radial symmetry, ctenophores have two anal canals which exhibit biradial symmetry (half-turn rotational symmetry). The ancient Ichthyosaurus communis independently evolved flippers similar to dolphins. [91] Viral activity may also contribute to the biological pump, the process whereby carbon is sequestered in the deep ocean. [85][86], Microorganisms are crucial to nutrient recycling in ecosystems as they act as decomposers. Animals are multicellular eukaryotes,[note 2] and are distinguished from plants, algae, and fungi by lacking cell walls. For this reason marine biology encompasses not only organisms that live only in a marine environment, but also other organisms whose lives revolve around the sea. [134][135] This is known as secondary endosymbiosis. Classification is difficult because the majority have not been isolated in the laboratory and have only been detected by analysis of their nucleic acids in samples from their environment. [110], Opinions differ on whether viruses are a form of life or organic structures that interact with living organisms. [46][47] In protostomes the first opening that develops becomes the mouth, while in deuterostomes it becomes the anus. They are the largest non-colonial animals to swim with the help of cilia (hairs or combs). However they lack key characteristics such as a cellular structure generally considered necessary to count as life. Further, as prokaryotes such as bacteria and archaea share a limited set of common morphologies, their fossils do not provide information on their ancestry. Over 33,000 species of fish have been described as of 2017,[311] of which about 20,000 are marine fish. A staggering number of animals die as a result of plastic pollution in the marine environment. Life at Sea: Introduction. [164] Marine fungi can also be found in sea foam and around hydrothermal areas of the ocean. The remaining bony fish have ray fins. Further from shore the continental shelf slopes towards deep water. [199], Invertebrates are grouped into different phyla. Microalgae are the microscopic types of algae, not visible to the naked eye. Most protists are single-celled and microscopic. Views: 13 Author:admin Publish Time: 2018-11-20 Origin:Site. Biologically, there are few other groupings so abundant in the biotic desert of the deep sea, as well as shallower oceans. [340] In general, teleosts tend to be quicker and more flexible than more basal bony fishes. Over 300 whales, 40,000 tons of salmon, and 8,000 tons of sardines have washed up dead on the coast of Chile over the past few months. Some have evolved a shell or a hard exoskeleton. [441] He gave accurate descriptions of the ovoviviparous embryological development of the hound shark Mustelus mustelus. In contrast, terrestrial primary producers, such as mature forests, are often K-strategists that grow and reproduce slowly, so a much larger mass is needed to achieve the same rate of primary production. Zooxanthellae is a photosynthetic algae that lives inside hosts like coral. [81], Estimates on the number of Earth's current species range from 10 million to 14 million,[82] of which about 1.2 million have been documented and over 86 percent have not yet been described.[83]. In addition, primary producers are influential in the global carbon and water cycles. Stidworthy J. Marine Biology in the News contains links to a number of sites that provide daily or weekly reports on new developments in the study of oceanography. [263] They are ubiquitous in marine, freshwater and terrestrial environments, where they often outnumber other animals in both individual and species counts. Group of small benthic creeping comb jellies streaming tentacles and living symbiotically on a starfish. Apart from the coelacanths and the lungfishes, lobe-finned fishes are now extinct. [392] Some Sargassum seaweeds are planktonic (free-floating). Many bilaterian phyla have primary larvae which swim with cilia and have an apical organ containing sensory cells. Some marine slime molds have unique life cycles that involve switching between unicellular, colonial, and multicellular forms. They are unique among animals in having bilateral symmetry at the larval stage, but fivefold symmetry (pentamerism, a special type of radial symmetry) as adults.[298]. Extant marine arthropods range in size from the microscopic crustacean Stygotantulus to the Japanese spider crab. Microalgae are important components of the marine protists (discussed above), as well as the phytoplankton (discussed below). Compared to terrestrial environments, marine environments have biomass pyramids which are inverted at the base. [92], There are also archaean viruses which replicate within archaea: these are double-stranded DNA viruses with unusual and sometimes unique shapes. The lancelet, a small translucent fish-like cephalochordate, is the closest living invertebrate relative of the vertebrates. Other than that, the large veins can also withstand the water pressure of the ocean. [223]:222, Placozoa (from Greek for flat animals) have the simplest structure of all animals. Teleosts are found in almost all marine habitats. This course gives students of all ages a wonderful introduction to the marine life of British Columbia. They were the most used species in regenerative research in the 19th and 20th centuries. Copepods eat phytoplankton. There are also some algae that originated from even later endosymbiotic events. The vertebral column also serves to house and protect the spinal cord that lies within the vertebral column. Some single-celled marine protists are macroscopic. [206] More generally a phylum can be defined in two ways: as described above, as a group of organisms with a certain degree of morphological or developmental similarity (the phenetic definition), or a group of organisms with a certain degree of evolutionary relatedness (the phylogenetic definition). Marine birds can be highly pelagic, coastal, or in some cases spend a part of the year away from the sea entirely. Arthropod vision relies on various combinations of compound eyes and pigment-pit ocelli: in most species the ocelli can only detect the direction from which light is coming, and the compound eyes are the main source of information. [372] In particular, some species occur as drifting cells floating in the ocean, and as such were amongst the first of the phytoplankton. [442] His classification of living things contains elements which were still in use in the 19th century. Some marine birds plummet from heights, plunging through the water leaving vapour-like trails, similar to that of fighter planes. The ochre sea star was the first keystone predator to be studied. Colossal squid, the largest of all invertebrates[279], Molluscs have such diverse shapes that many textbooks base their descriptions of molluscan anatomy on a generalized or hypothetical ancestral mollusc. Europa, one of the moons orbiting Jupiter, is slightly smaller than the Earth's moon. This nudibranch is a sea slug. Wigington CH, Sonderegger D, Brussaard CPD, Buchan A, Finke JF, Fuhrman JA, Lennon JT, Middelboe M, Suttle CA, Stock C, Wilson WH, Wommack KE, Wilhelm SW, Weitz JS. Armoured Pliciloricus enigmaticus, about 0.2 mm long, live in spaces between marine gravel. At a fundamental level, marine life affects the nature of the planet. [375], The tiny marine cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus, discovered in 1986, forms today part of the base of the ocean food chain and accounts for much of the photosynthesis of the open ocean[376] and an estimated 20% of the oxygen in the Earth's atmosphere. [77] Amphibians first appeared around 364 million years ago, followed by early amniotes and birds around 155 million years ago (both from "reptile"-like lineages), mammals around 129 million years ago, homininae around 10 million years ago and modern humans around 250,000 years ago. [335] Guiyu oneiros, the earliest-known bony fish, lived during the Late Silurian 419 million years ago. Horseshoe crabs are living fossils, essentially unchanged for 450 Ma. fresh air and the clean coastal and marine environments. The Tenth Edition of Morrissey and Sumich’s classic text, Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life continues to enlighten and engage students on the many wonders of marine organisms and the remarkable environments in which they live. [171], A typical milliliter of seawater contains about 103 to 104 fungal cells. The three-section body plan of the acorn worm is no longer present in the vertebrates, except in the anatomy of the frontal neural tube, later developed into a brain divided into three parts. 1. Marine pollution incidents among the Pitcairn Islands have been minimal. There are about 130 living and recently extinct marine mammal species such as seals, dolphins, whales, manatees, sea otters and polar bears. 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Vertebrates took 30 million years to recover from this event. The cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus accounts for much of the ocean's primary production. Beyond that it has three further key features. The extinct Pteraspidomorphi, ancestral to jawed vertebrates. [130][131] Although bacterial fossils exist, such as stromatolites, their lack of distinctive morphology prevents them from being used to examine the history of bacterial evolution, or to date the time of origin of a particular bacterial species. A higher diversity of mycoplankton is found around coasts and in surface waters down to 1000 metres, with a vertical profile that depends on how abundant phytoplankton is. "Soupy Substrates: A Medium for the Exceptional Preservation of Ichthyosaurs of the Posidonia Shale (Lower Jurassic) of Germany". They first appeared about 245 million years ago and disappeared about 90 million years ago. About 800 living species of marine cephalopods have been identified,[273] and an estimated 11,000 extinct taxa have been described. Marine conservation, also known as ocean conservation, refers to the study of marine plants and animal resources and ecosystem functions.It is the protection and preservation of ecosystems in oceans and seas through planned management in order to prevent the exploitation of these resources. Wimmer E, Mueller S, Tumpey TM, Taubenberger JK. Recorded extinction events are therefore based on the more easily observed changes in the diversity and abundance of larger multicellular organisms, rather than the total diversity and abundance of life. introduction for marine life buoys Views: 15 Author:admin Publish Time: 2018-11-21 Origin: Site LIFE BUOY is a type of water lifesaving equipment, usually made of cork, foam or other light weight materials with a small specific gravity, and the outer bread is covered with canvas, plastic, and the like. They stabilize coastal areas and can provide habitats for marine animals. During the sixth century BC, the Greek philosopher Xenophanes (570-475 BC) recognised that some fossil shells were remains of shellfish. Bacteria were among the first life forms to appear on Earth, and are present in most of its habitats. Sponges are similar to other animals in that they are multicellular, heterotrophic, lack cell walls and produce sperm cells. These organisms take many forms, from the tiniest single-celled plankton to the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale. There are four sponge species in this photo. Estuaries Besides the vast oceans, Estuaries are also a big part of the Marine Biome. Hagfish are the only known living animals with a skull but no vertebral column. [225] The position of the ctenophores in the evolutionary family tree of animals has long been debated, and the majority view at present, based on molecular phylogenetics, is that cnidarians and bilaterians are more closely related to each other than either is to ctenophores. Dolphins. Invertebrate chordates are close relatives to vertebrates. 4 Reviews. Aloha and thank you for visiting. Hazardous Marine Life. [437], Later, during the fourth century BC, another Greek philosopher Aristotle (384–322 BC) attempted a comprehensive classification of animals which included systematic descriptions of many marine species,[438][439] and particularly species found in the Mediterranean Sea. There is still debate about the classification of these specimens, mainly because the diagnostic features which allow taxonomists to classify more recent organisms, such as similarities to living organisms, are generally absent in the Ediacarans. [175] Marine fungi survive in a constant oxygen deficient environment, and therefore depend on oxygen diffusion by turbulence and oxygen generated by photosynthetic organisms. Its diameter is up to 3.8 cm.[154]. [394], Unicellular organisms are usually microscopic, less than one tenth of a millimeter long. The rigid cuticle inhibits growth, so arthropods replace it periodically by moulting. Cnidarians include corals, sea anemones, jellyfish and hydrozoans. Multiple phages attached to a bacterial cell wall at 200,000x magnification. In particular, the biomass of consumers (copepods, krill, shrimp, forage fish) is larger than the biomass of primary producers. [13] The Nobel Prize winner Albert Szent-Györgyi referred to water as the mater und matrix: the mother and womb of life. Marrus orthocanna another colonial siphonophore, assembled from two types of zooids. Most molluscs have eyes and all have sensors detecting chemicals, vibrations, and touch.[280][281]. Their heads are formed by fusion of varying numbers of segments, and their brains are formed by fusion of the ganglia of these segments and encircle the esophagus. This ciliate is digesting cyanobacteria. Most phytoplankton are single-celled algae, but other phytoplankton are bacteria and some are protists. Finally, seas support a wealth of wildlife and perform a vital function in keeping our climate stable. One theory is the three-part body originated from an early common ancestor of the deuterostomes, and maybe even from a common bilateral ancestor of both deuterostomes and protostomes. Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life is an introductory higher education textbook for students with no prior knowledge of marine biology. Bloodworms are typically found on the bottom of shallow marine waters. Marine biology is the study of life in the oceans and other saltwater environments such as estuaries and wetlands. [427], Biodiversity is the result of over three billion years of evolution. [117][118] Tailed bacteriophages appear to dominate marine ecosystems in number and diversity of organisms. Sanjuán R, Nebot MR, Chirico N, Mansky LM, Belshaw R. Canchaya C, Fournous G, Chibani-Chennoufi S, Dillmann ML, Brüssow H. Phage as agents of lateral gene transfer. Other fish evolved into land mammals and subsequently returned to the ocean as seals, dolphins or whales. Marine life conservation is a method that is working to save some of those petals. How a Census Can Help You Understand Habitat. Marine worms vary in size from microscopic to over 1 metre (3.3 ft) in length for some marine polychaete worms (bristle worms)[255] and up to 58 metres (190 ft) for the marine nemertean worm (bootlace worm). The dominant feature of the planet viewed from space is water – oceans of liquid water flood most of the surface while water vapour swirls in atmospheric clouds and the poles are capped with ice. Mammals (from Latin for breast) are characterised by the presence of mammary glands which in females produce milk for feeding (nursing) their young. At the time these were interpreted as evidence that the modern phyla had evolved very rapidly in the Cambrian explosion and that the Burgess Shale's "weird wonders" showed that the Early Cambrian was a uniquely experimental period of animal evolution. [330] Some sharks such as the great white are partially warm blooded and give live birth. [245], Some of the earliest bilaterians were wormlike, and the original bilaterian may have been a bottom dwelling worm with a single body opening. [235] The starlet sea anemone is used as a model organism in research. The terrestrial ancestor of the ichthyosaur had no features already on its back or tail that might have helped along the evolutionary process. Sizes range from a few millimeters to 1.5 m (4 ft 11 in). [339] Teleosts can be distinguished from other bony fish by their possession of a homocercal tail, a tail where the upper half mirrors the lower half. [228] Two more species have been discovered since 2017,[229][230] and genetic methods indicate this phylum has a further 100 to 200 undescribed species.[231]. [246] A bilaterian body can be conceptualized as a cylinder with a gut running between two openings, the mouth and the anus. Sea cucumbers filter feed on plankton and suspended solids. In general, marine birds live longer, breed later and have fewer young than terrestrial birds do, but they invest a great deal of time in their young. Marine vertebrates can be divided into marine fish and marine tetrapods. [434] The worst was the Permian-Triassic extinction event, 251 million years ago. Martill D.M. Bacteria constitute a large domain of prokaryotic microorganisms. There whales defecate a liquid rich in nitrogen and iron. 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Seafood plays an essential role in feeding the world’s growing population. Image c/o AFP. [132] The luminescence, sometimes called the phosphorescence of the sea, occurs as brief (0.1 sec) blue flashes or sparks when individual scintillons are stimulated, usually by mechanical disturbances from, for example, a boat or a swimmer or surf.[412]. Most are adapted for extreme pressures. ", Synthetic viruses: a new opportunity to understand and prevent viral disease, The ancient Virus World and evolution of cells, Are viruses alive? Includes profiles, lesson plans, career guides, and more. In particular, this means they eat phytoplankton. [21] Most of the salt in the ocean comes from the weathering and erosion of rocks on land. Marine life have larger veins than the average land creatures. Acorn worms form a class containing about 111 species that generally live in U-shaped burrows on the seabed, from the shoreline to a depth of 3000 metres. The largest extant fish, the whale shark, is now a vulnerable species. World Register of Marine Species. This happens because the ocean's primary producers are tiny phytoplankton which tend to be r-strategists that grow and reproduce rapidly, so a small mass can have a fast rate of primary production. Ooze, in the context of a marine sediment, does not refer to the consistency of the sediment but to its biological origin. Also like cnidarians, the bodies of ctenophores consist of a mass of jelly, with one layer of cells on the outside and another lining the internal cavity. According to the World Tourism Organisation, the [259][260] Over 25,000 nematode species have been described,[261][262] of which more than half are parasitic. When you think of life in the ocean, do you think of fish? [142] Despite this morphological similarity to bacteria, archaea possess genes and several metabolic pathways that are more closely related to those of eukaryotes, notably the enzymes involved in transcription and translation. [94][95], Microscopic organisms live throughout the biosphere. But there are exceptions. [36][37][38] The earliest undisputed evidence of life on Earth dates from at least 3.5 billion years ago,[39][40] during the Eoarchean Era after a geological crust started to solidify following the earlier molten Hadean Eon. Dinoflagellates are often mixotrophic or live in symbiosis with other organisms. Currently, of the approximately 12,000 extant reptile species and sub-species, only about 100 of are classed as marine reptiles. Their skeletal structure has evolved towards greater lightness. Fossil marine lichens 600 million years old have been discovered in China. Overall, life in inland lakes can evolve with greater diversity than happens in the sea, because freshwater habitats are themselves diverse and compartmentalised in a way marine habitats are not. Human activities affect marine ecosystems as a result of pollution, overfishing, the introduction of invasive species, and acidification, which all impact on the marine food web and may lead to largely unknown consequences for the biodiversity and survival of marine life forms. Prangishvili D, Forterre P, Garrett RA. All are adapted for life in salt water. Some palaeontologists think Lobopodia represents a basal grade which lead to an arthropod body plan. Several lichens are found in marine environments. [240], The Portuguese man o' war is a colonial siphonophore. All are adapted for life in salt water. These algae then invaded the land and started evolving into the land plants we know today. Biological oceanography is the study of how organisms affect and are affected by the physics, chemistry, and geology of the oceanographic system. [75] The colonisation of the land by plants was soon followed by arthropods and other animals. The Species Most Affected by Plastic Pollution in Marine Life. Finally, seas support a wealth of wildlife and perform a vital function in keeping our climate stable. The Anomalocaris ("abnormal shrimp") was one of the first apex predators and first appeared about 515 Ma. Here, eukaryotes resulted from the entering of ancient bacteria into endosymbiotic associations with the ancestors of eukaryotic cells, which were themselves possibly related to the Archaea. Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life is an introductory higher education textbook for students with no prior knowledge of marine biology. However, there seems little doubt that Kimberella was at least a triploblastic bilaterian animal, in other words, an animal significantly more complex than the cnidarians. Each guide in the series features common animals and covers a different group of marine life. Around the gut it has an internal body cavity, a coelom or pseudocoelom. Marine Biology in the News contains links to a number of sites that provide daily or weekly reports on new developments in the study of oceanography. [320][321] In 2020 researchers found "strong evidence" that the Tully monster was a vertebrate, and was a jawless fish in the lineage of the lamprey.[322][323]. The resilience of our marine ecosystems and coastal communities depend on sustainable fisheries. Marine birds are adapted to life within the marine environment. Lampreys form a superclass containing 38 known extant species of jawless fish. Most authorities today exclude all prokaryotes, and hence cyanobacteria from the definition of algae.[379][380]. The archaea (Greek for ancient[140]) constitute a domain and kingdom of single-celled microorganisms. [395] Another single celled algae, Caulerpa taxifolia, has the appearance of a vascular plant including "leaves" arranged neatly up stalks like a fern. Secondly (apart from bivalves) it has a rasping tongue called a radula used for feeding. Diatoms are one of the most common types of phytoplankton. Archaea are particularly numerous in the oceans, and the archaea in plankton may be one of the most abundant groups of organisms on the planet. This can result in upwellings along the outer edges of continental shelves, providing conditions for phytoplankton blooms. [104] Viruses can infect all types of life forms, from animals and plants to microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea. Viruses of the Archaea: a unifying view. Bacteria can be beneficial. The Eleventh Edition of Introduction to the Biology of Marine Life answers these questions and inspires students to appreciate marine life and ocean ecosystems. Fossils, along with the comparative anatomy of present-day organisms, constitute the morphological, or anatomical, record. They form a phylum (division) of bacteria which range from unicellular to filamentous and include colonial species. Ctenophores resemble cnidarians in relying on water flow through the body cavity for both digestion and respiration, as well as in having a decentralized nerve net rather than a brain. They are not a part of modern cladistics, because they are paraphyletic (lacking a common ancestor). [184] Marine invertebrates are animals that inhabit a marine environment apart from the vertebrate members of the chordate phylum; invertebrates lack a vertebral column. [363] The biologist Stephen Jay Gould said the ichthyosaur was his favourite example of convergent evolution. They include two main groups, the acorn worms and the Pterobranchia. [373][374] The release of molecular oxygen by cyanobacteria as a by-product of photosynthesis induced global changes in the Earth's environment. Microorganisms make up about 70% of the marine biomass. Vertebrates (Latin for joints of the spine) are a subphylum of chordates. Because they possess some but not all such qualities, viruses have been described as replicators[112] and as "organisms at the edge of life".[113]. The term ooze was originally used by John Murray, the "father of modern oceanography", who proposed the term radiolarian ooze for the silica deposits of radiolarian shells brought to the surface during the Challenger Expedition. James L. Sumich, John Francis Morrissey. Close up of polyps on the surface of a coral, waving their tentacles. [16] The mass of this world ocean is 1.35×1018 metric tons, or about 1/4400 of Earth's total mass. Zooplankton are generally larger than phytoplankton, mostly still microscopic but some can be seen with the naked eye. Megalodon is an extinct species of shark that lived about 28 to 1.5 Ma. [237] In particular, genes concerned in the formation of the head in vertebrates are also present in the anemone.[238][239]. Sea turtles breathe air, like all reptiles, and have streamlined bodies with large flippers. The ancestors of modern bacteria were unicellular microorganisms that were the first forms of life to appear on Earth, about 4 billion years ago. Arthropods' primary internal cavity is a hemocoel, which accommodates their internal organs, and through which their haemolymph - analogue of blood - circulates; they have open circulatory systems. [270] Molluscs have more varied forms than other invertebrate phyla. They are solitary worm-shaped organisms rarely seen by humans because of their lifestyle. The marine tapeworm Polygonoporus giganticus, found in the gut of sperm whales, can grow to over 30 m (100 ft). The chordate phylum has three subphyla, one of which is the vertebrates (see below). [49] The beginning of life may have included self-replicating molecules such as RNA[50] and the assembly of simple cells. 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