pompeii worm

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pompeii worm

[päm′pā ‚wərm]
(invertebrate zoology)
Alvinella pompejana. A polychaetous annelid that lives in sea-floor hydrothermal vent chimneys and may experience extreme thermal gradients between its anterior (80°C; 176°F) and posterior (22°C; 72°F) ends.
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The Equator coincides with a significant dispersal barrier for the vent palm worm Alvinella pompejana (Desbruyeres & Laubier 1980, Hurtado et al.
Craig Cary of the University of Delaware in Lewes hovered in a submersible and inserted probes inside the tubes of a different Pacific-vent worm, Alvinella pompejana.
In particular, [epsilon]-Proteobacteria were found to largely dominate the microbial communities associated with the vent polychaeate Alvinella pompejana and tubeworm Riftia pachyptila on the EPR at both 9[degrees] and 13[degrees] North (Cary et al.
Growth and phylogenetic properties of novel epsilon proteobacteria enriched from Alvinella pompejana and Deep-sea hydrothermal vents.
The discovery of 350 [degrees] C+ hydrothermal fluid pouring from "black smoker" chimneys in 1979 added a new dimension to hydrothermal vent biology: a tremendous diversity of microorganisms including Archaea growing above 100 [degrees] C, and Alvinella pompejana worms living at temperatures up to 50 [degrees] C.
The tube worm species Alvinella pompejana live around vent systems all along the East Pacific Rise, an undersea geological formation that stretches for thousands of miles.