The origin of waxy surface

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Polychaete worm.

Her elegant movement and his gentle motion, every movements are pictured on the floor of the grand ball room. Dancers do, and the waxy floor is helping.

However, even though the stage is ready, dancing on the waxy floor of nepenthes is very risky and reckless. The lip of nepenthes will guide the dancer into the abyss. These pathetic insects will be the snappy meals.

But the conceptual shift can shine a new lease of life. Leaving the stage is the second-best plan to avoid the predation risk. If you can trust the floor wax, then it is the time to escape from predators.

The Phyllodoce mucosa, one of the polychaete worms, uses mucous secretion to avoid the predation risk. This antipredation response is also observed in other potential preys (Prezant, 1980).

The ecological needs of nepenthes and Plyllodoce mucosa are so different. One increases the predation risk and the other tries to reduce it. However, the physical effects used in the two different organisms are quite similar. Engineers who want to design a sliding mechanism will need to refer the both.

Prezant, R. S. (1980). An antipredation mechanism of the polychaete Phyllodoce mucosa with notes on similar mechanisms in other potential prey. Fishery Bulletin, 77, 605-615.

Biomimicry is always lurking around us.
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