(Table 1) List of studied samples with vestimentiferan tubes, supplement to: Haas, Antonie; Little, Crispin T S; Sahling, Heiko; Bohrmann, Gerhard; Himmler, Tobias; Peckmann, Jörn Ludwig (2009): Mineralization of vestimentiferan tubes at methane seeps on the Congo deep-sea fan. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, 56(2), 283-293

Antonie Haas, Crispin T S Little, Heiko Sahling, Gerhard Bohrmann, Tobias Himmler & Jörn Ludwig Peckmann
Vestimentiferan tube worms are prominent members of modern methane seep communities and are totally reliant as adults on symbiotic sulphide-oxidizing bacteria for their nutrition. The sulphide is produced in the sediment by a biochemical reaction called the anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM). A well-studied species from the Gulf of Mexico shows that seep vestimentiferans 'mine' sulphide from the sediment using root-like, thin walled, permeable posterior tube extensions, which can also be used to pump sulphate...
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