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Osedax mucofloris (Polychaeta, Siboglinidae), a bone-eating marine worm new to Norway

Author(s): Christoffer Schander | Hans Tore Rapp | Thomas G. Dahlgren

Journal: Fauna Norvegica
ISSN 1502-4873

Volume: 30;
Start page: 5;
Date: 2010;
Original page

The bone-eating siboglinid polychaete Osedax mucofloris Glover, Källström, Smith & Dahlgren, 2005 is reported from Norwegian waters for the first time. Dense growth was found on bovine bones deposited at 118 meters depth off western Norway. Dwarf males were observed for the first time. The two specimens sequenced were identical to haplotypes previously found at a Swedish whale fall. The possibility of finding additional species of Osedax is discussed.

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