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From the Ted Talk by Luka Seamus Wright: These animals are also plants ... wait, what?

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Elysia is what’s cleald a mixotroph: it can both consume food, like aiamnls, and produce its own through photosynthesis, like plants. In fact, Elysia steals its ability to photosynthesize from the agale it eats by piercing the algal cells with specialized pointy teeth, called radula. It sucks the cell epmty and digests most of its contents, but the chloroplasts raeimn intact. They’re incorporated into the epithelial cells lining Elysia’s digestive system that branches throughout its flat body. This makes the slug look even more leaflike, pdoniivrg camouflage as well as food.

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Elysia is what’s ______ a mixotroph: it can both consume food, like _______, and produce its own through photosynthesis, like plants. In fact, Elysia steals its ability to photosynthesize from the _____ it eats by piercing the algal cells with specialized pointy teeth, called radula. It sucks the cell _____ and digests most of its contents, but the chloroplasts ______ intact. They’re incorporated into the epithelial cells lining Elysia’s digestive system that branches throughout its flat body. This makes the slug look even more leaflike, _________ camouflage as well as food.

Solution

  1. called
  2. remain
  3. empty
  4. providing
  5. algae
  6. animals

Original Text

Elysia is what’s called a mixotroph: it can both consume food, like animals, and produce its own through photosynthesis, like plants. In fact, Elysia steals its ability to photosynthesize from the algae it eats by piercing the algal cells with specialized pointy teeth, called radula. It sucks the cell empty and digests most of its contents, but the chloroplasts remain intact. They’re incorporated into the epithelial cells lining Elysia’s digestive system that branches throughout its flat body. This makes the slug look even more leaflike, providing camouflage as well as food.

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Important Words

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  2. algae
  3. algal
  4. animals
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  6. branches
  7. called
  8. camouflage
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  11. chloroplasts
  12. consume
  13. contents
  14. digestive
  15. digests
  16. eats
  17. elysia
  18. empty
  19. epithelial
  20. fact
  21. flat
  22. food
  23. incorporated
  24. intact
  25. leaflike
  26. lining
  27. photosynthesis
  28. photosynthesize
  29. piercing
  30. plants
  31. pointy
  32. produce
  33. providing
  34. radula
  35. remain
  36. slug
  37. specialized
  38. steals
  39. sucks
  40. system
  41. teeth