1. In Greek Mythology, Diopatra was a naiad who lived in a spring of the river Sperkheios on Mount Othrys in Malis (in what is now northern Greece). One time the god Poseidon came upon her and was so struck by her beauty that he caused her sisters, who were with her at the time, to sprout roots and turn into poplar trees temporarily so that he could rape her unhindered.

(Source: Antoninus Liberalis, Metamorphoses 22)

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2. In biology, Diopatra is a genus of undersea tube worm, whose classification is as follows:

Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Annelida
Class Polychaeta
Order Aciculata
Suborder Eunicida
Family Onuphidae
Genus Diopatra

Individual species include:

Diopatra cuprea
Diopatra denticulata
Diopatra farallonensis
Diopatra leuckarti
Diopatra neotridens
Diopatra obliqua
Diopatra ornata
Diopatra papillata
Diopatra splendidissima
Diopatra tridentata

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