The skin of Osedax (Siboglinidae, Annelida): An ultrastructural investigation of its epidermis

@article{Katz2010TheSO,
  title={The skin of Osedax (Siboglinidae, Annelida): An ultrastructural investigation of its epidermis},
  author={Sigrid Katz and W. Klepal and M. Bright},
  journal={Journal of Morphology},
  year={2010},
  volume={271}
}
The symbiotic polychaetes of the genus Osedax living on the bones of whale carcasses have become known as bone‐eating worms. It is believed that whale bones are the source of nutrition for those gutless worms and that fatty acids are produced by their symbionts and transferred to the host. However, the symbionts are of the heterotrophic group Oceanospirillales and as such are not able to synthesize organic carbon de novo. Also, they are not housed in close contact to the bone material. We… Expand
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