Prokaryotic Cells in the Hydrothermal Vent Tube Worm Riftia pachyptila Jones: Possible Chemoautotrophic Symbionts

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Science  17 Jul 1981:
Vol. 213, Issue 4505, pp. 340-342
DOI: 10.1126/science.213.4505.340


The existence of a symbiotic association between vestimentiferan tube worms from deep-sea hydrothermal vents and chemoautotrophic sulfur-oxidizing prokaryotes, based on histological and enzymatic evidence, is suggested.

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