Ashki (0110 Lishun A89A533-D)

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Ashki (0110 Lishun A89A533-D): Ashki is a water world, the home of the so-called electric algae, which are neither algae nor normally electric. They are scavenging amoebae with a blue-green pigment; its function is quite different from chlorophyll. In stormy weather the copper-based pigment collects static charges as lightning strikes the water. When charged, the amoebae group themselves into colonies of many strange shapes, held together by intertwining of the individual cells' cilia. The tendrils of these colonies shock fish with accumulated charges and thereby enrich the feeding ground of decaying matter on the shallow sea floors where the amoebae live. -lis TD 6