This study describes the tube structure, external morphology, and histological organization of the obturacula and tentacles of the small hydrothermal-vent vestimentiferan worm Oasisia alvinae. The tubes are considerably twisted and bear collars, thus suggesting a step-like growth of the worm. The total length of the studied specimens is 32–41 mm. The trunk region comprises 75% of the total body length and is differentiated into a broadened forepart and a narrowed posterior part. The ratio between the lengths of the obturacular and vestimental regions is 0.62–0.63. The examined specimens of O. alvinae have 13 to 17 pairs of tentacular lamellae; the total number of tentacles is about 550. The muscular bands in the obturacula of O. alvinae lie in the parafrontal planes. Polymorphism occurs in the number and arrangement of the denticles of the opistosomal chaetae in O. alvinae.
Russian Journal of Marine Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 16, 2012
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