Image of the Day: Giant Shipworm

Kuphus polythalamia is a worm-like mollusk that can reach up to 155 cm in length, is encased in a hard, tusk-like shell, and lives in sulfur-rich mud.

By | April 19, 2017

Kuphus polythalamia being removed from its shell.MARVIN ALTAMIA(See D.L. Distel et al., “Discovery of chemoautotrophic symbiosis in the giant shipworm Kuphus polythalamia (Bivalvia: Teredinidae) extends wooden-steps theory,” PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1620470114, 2017.)

 

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