A specific and widespread association between deep-sea Bathymodiolus mussels and a novel family of Epsilonproteobacteria.

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Bathymodiolus mussels dominate animal communities at many hydrothermal vents and cold seeps. Essential to the mussels' ecological and evolutionary success is their association with symbiotic methane- and sulfur-oxidizing gammaproteobacteria, which provide them with nutrition. In addition to these well-known gammaproteobacterial endosymbionts, we found… (More)
DOI: 10.1111/1758-2229.12442

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