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.

The Scientist Staff
Apr 18, 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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