New species of
scale worm

photo of unknown scale worm
taxon:Polychaeta; Polynoidae species: Vampiropolynoe embleyi
axial status: Patchy author: Marcus & Hourdez, 2002
This species was first collected after Axial's 1998 eruption, where it was found in large numbers grazing on bacterial mats covering the new lavas. It was also seen after the CoAxial eruption in 1993, although it was not collected then. This is a newly described species and appears to be adapted to post-eruption conditions. It is generally not observed between eruptions.
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