New Perspectives on the Ecology and Evolution of Siboglinid Tubeworms

  title={New Perspectives on the Ecology and Evolution of Siboglinid Tubeworms},
  author={Ana Hil{\'a}rio and Mar{\'i}a Capa and Thomas G. Dahlgren and Kenneth M. Halanych and Crispin T. S. Little and D J Thornhill and Caroline Verna and Adrian G. Glover},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Siboglinids are tube-dweling annelids that are important members of deep-sea chemosynthetic communities, which include hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, whale falls and reduced sediments. As adults, they lack a functional digestive system and rely on microbial endosymbionts for their energetic needs. Recent years have seen a revolution in our understanding of these fascinating worms. Molecular systematic methods now place these animals, formerly known as the phyla Pogonophora and Vestimentifera… 

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