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.