Bathymodiolus childressi is a species of deepwater mussel, a marine bivalve mollusk species belonging to the family Mytilidae. Although this species has been known since the year 1985, it was formerly described as a species in 1998.
This species resides in cold seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.
It is stenothermal species living in temperatures ranging from 6.5 to 7.2 degrees Celsius.
This mussel harbors intracellular methanotrophic bacteria within its gills. This bacteria provides carbon to the mussel.
This species got its name from James J. Childress, a marine biologist who investigated the physiology of this mussel at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Image Caption: Mussels of species Bathymodiolus childressi (Bivaliva : Pteriomorpha : Mytiloida : Mytiloidea : Mytilidae). Credit: Gulf of Mexico 2002, (NOAA/OER)/Wikipedia