Section 12
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Reproductive biology, sexual dimorphism, and population structure of the deep sea hydrothermal vent scale-worm, Branchipolynoe seepensis (Polychaeta: Polynoidae)

Jollivet, D.; Empis, A.; Baker, MC.; Hourdez, S.; Comtet, T.; Jouin-Toulmond, C.; Desbruyeres, D.; Tyler, PA.

Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 80(1): 55-68


ISSN/ISBN: 0025-3154
DOI: 10.1017/s0025315499001563
Accession: 011286623

The polychaete family Polynoidae (scale-worms) is well-represented at deep sea hydrothermal vents. Most species are free-living in a wide range of habitats: from high-temperature hydrothermal 'chimney' walls to diffuse venting areas. Conversely, species of the genus Branchipolynoe live inside the mantle cavity of vent and seep mytilids.

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