vestimentiferan

[ves-tuh-muhn-tif-er-uhn, ‐men-]
noun
any of various marine tubeworms of the phylum Vestimentifera or Pogonophora, which live in upright tubes near hydrothermal vents.
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Where hydrocarbons are actively escaping from the substrate, dense clusters of tightly entwined vestimentiferan tubeworms grow.
Vestimentiferan tubeworms were visually confirmed at every site except one, and the tubeworms were collected from seven sites.
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