Zombie worm - Osedax

Zombie worms are on rage to destroy whole city and underground area.

By making holes in the bone, the structural complexity of the bone is increased and these ecosystem engineers enhance the biodiversity of these important deep-sea communities.

Other studies on rotifers have shown that the animals can be revived after 10 years on ice, but a new study published confirms that these clever creatures have the potential to live on for millions of more years.

Figure 2 โ€” A single zombie worm, Osedax, on the right and a numerous Osedax worms colonizing a skeleton on the right.

Zombie Worms Eating Whale Bone

Kingdom: Phylum: Class: Family: Genus: Rouse et al.

In late 2005, an experiment by Swedish resulted in the discovery of a species of the worm in the off the west coast of.

Interestingly, this is not the only example of parasitic worms inducing risky swimming behaviors.

Tubeworms found at cold seeps have evolved such a highly specialized relationship with their gut bacteria that they no longer have an actual digestive track.

Description: Like tubeworms, they have no digestive system of their own not even a mouth!

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Image credit: Wikimedia commons While these weird worms have been recognized as critical decomposers of large whale falls, scientists have not been able to characterize just how these zombie worms impact the small ecosystems that crop up around whale falls.
This may help explain why Osedax is such a diverse genus, despite the rarity of in the ocean.

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