Have you ever wished you didn’t have to eat or sleep to obtain energy? Well, the spotted salamander has been found that can photosynthesis and is the first vertebrae that can.
Researchers have found that as the tiny salamander develops inside the egg, algae enters the egg and the embryo itself, where a mutually beneficial relationship based on nitrogen and oxygen occurs. Once the salamander grows, the algae attach to the mitochondria of the Salamander according to mnn.com.
“It may be that specialized cells in these adult salamanders are able to accommodate algae inside them because the process by which they learn self-recognition is different from that of other vertebrates,” nature.com stated in their article.
For now, scientists are trying to figure more about this so-called “solar powered” salamander.