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2009-11-10 18:03:46

The females of the recently discovered Osedax marine worms feast on submerged bones via a complex relationship with symbiotic bacteria, and they are turning out to be far more diverse and widespread than scientists expected. Californian researchers investigating the genetic history of Osedax worms have found that up to twelve further distinct evolutionary lineages exist beyond the five species already described. The new findings about these beautiful sea creatures with unusual sexual and...

2009-03-18 09:11:43

Somewhere out there in the ocean, SpongeBob SquarePants has a teeny-tiny cousin and a humongous uncle.That's just what one would expect from a new analysis of body sizes across all orders of animal life that was conducted by researchers at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), in Durham, N.C. and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.Researchers Craig McClain and Alison Boyer created a giant database on body sizes across all orders of animal life and found that phyla...

2005-09-22 14:57:52

An unusual relationship between bacteria and a newly discovered group of marine worms is the only known partnership (or symbiosis) which uses sunken marine mammals as its sole source of nutrition. In the September issue of Environmental Microbiology, Dr Shana Goffredi and her colleagues reveal this unique partnership between bacteria and the Osedax (bone-devouring) group of marine worms. Symbiosis, or the living together of different organisms, allows some species to live in otherwise...


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Red Tube Worm, Serpula vermicularis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The red tubeworm (Serpula vermicularis), also known as the plume worm, fan worm, or calcareous tubeworm, is a polychaete worm that is classified in the Annelida phylum. It can be found in many waters across the world including the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans, but it has not been found along the North American coast. It prefers to reside at depths of up to 330 feet within the intertidal zone. This species attaches itself to hard substrate like boulders or the shells of bivalves,...

Honeycomb Worm, Sabellaria alveolata
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The honeycomb worm (Sabellaria alveolata) is a species of worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. Its range includes the Mediterranean Sea and the waters of Morocco north to the Atlantic Ocean, extending to the British Isles in the northeast. This species is known as a reef-forming polychaete, because its builds reefs. These reefs are shaped like a honeycomb, the feature from which worm derives its common name. The reefs are formed when the worms create tube-like structures within...

Giant Tube Worm, Riftia pachyptila
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Giant Tube Worm (Riftia pachyptila) is a species of marine invertebrate related to tube worms and commonly found in the intertidal and pelagic zones. This species lives from a mile to several miles deep underwater, on the floor of the Pacific Ocean near black smokers, where it is able to tolerate extremely high hydrogen sulfide levels. The common name “giant tube worm” is also applied to the largest living species of shipworm, Kuphus polythalamia. Despite given the name...

Christmas Tree Worm, Spirobranchus giganteus
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) is a species of small, tube-building polychaete worm in the Serpulidae family. It is widely distributed throughout the world’s tropical oceans, occurring abundantly from the Caribbean to the Indo-Pacific. The worm’s common and scientific nomenclature refers to the two chromatically hued spiral structures, most prominently seen by divers. These multicolored spiral structures are actually part of the worm’s highly derived respiratory...

Lamellibrachia luymesi
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Lamellibrachia luymesi is a species of tube worm in the Siboglinidae family. It is found in the Gulf of Mexico in deep-sea cold seeps where hydrocarbons are leaking from the seafloor, typically at depths of 1,600 to 2,600 feet. This species can reach lengths over 10 feet, and grows very slowly, living more than 250 years. It forms biogenic habitat by creating large aggregations of hundreds to thousands of individuals. Living in these aggregations are over a hundred different species of...

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