BIO 203

Interesting Facts

By: Roslyn Walhovd


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-During the first expedition to the deep sea hydrothermal vents they did not expect to see life, so they were unprepared to take specimens back to the surface.

-Riftia pachyptila is completely void of a digestive tract.

-Riftia pachyptila's life span is unknown, it has only recordedly died when the hydrothermal vents stopped.

-Larvae can travel over 100km in a 5 week period.

-Riftia pachyptila was very recently discovered, 1977 at the Galapagos Rift.




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