Osedax rubiplumus is a species of bathypelagic Polychaetes that is reported to sustain itself on the bones of dead whales.

Osedax rubiplumus
Osedax rubiplumus
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Annelida
Clade: Pleistoannelida
Clade: Sedentaria
Order: Sabellida
Family: Siboglinidae
Genus: Osedax
O. rubiplumus
Binomial name
Osedax rubiplumus
Rouse, Goffredi & Vrijenhoek, 2004[1]

Description edit

Their paedomorphic males are 0.4–1.1 millimetres (0.016–0.043 in), and have an incompleted prototroch with a posterior hooked chaeta. The species have 16 hooks with 6-8 capitium teeth, which have handles that are 18–23 micrometres (0.00071–0.00091 in). The female ovisac is measured 8 mm by 4 mm by 0.3 mm, with four posterior roots which have spherical lobes. They also have a trunk which is 3.8 centimetres (1.5 in) in length and 2 millimetres (0.079 in) wide with the crown plumes which are 2.1 centimetres (0.83 in) in length.[2] The species is found in East North Pacific where it is abundant.[1] They are used in Calmodulin.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ a b Rouse, G.W.; Goffredi, S.K. & Vrijenhoek, R.C. (2004). "Osedax rubiplumus Rouse, Goffredi & Vrijenhoek, 2004". WoRMS. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  2. ^ Chris Allen. "Osedax rubiplumus". Archived from the original on April 15, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
  3. ^ "C7BAI6". Retrieved March 20, 2013.