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Developmental arrest in vent worm embryos

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Title: Developmental arrest in vent worm embryos.
Name(s): Pradillon, Florence, creator
Shillito, Bruce, creator
Young, Craig M., creator
Gaill, Francoise, creator
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2001
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Extent: 3 p.
Physical Description: pdf
Language(s): English
Identifier: 3183797 (digitool), FADT3183797 (IID), fau:5981 (fedora), 10.1038/35099674 (doi)
Note(s): The thermophilic worm Alvinella pompejana, which is found at the vents of the East Pacific Rise (2,500-m depth), has an unusually broad thermotolerance (20–80 °C) as an adult, but we show here that the temperature range required by the developing embryo is very different from that tolerated by adults. Our results indicate that early embryos may disperse through cold abyssal water in a state of developmental arrest, completing their development only when they encounter water that is warm enough for their growth and survival.
This manuscript is an author version with the final publication available at and may be cited as: Pradillon, F., Shillito, B., Young, C. M., & Gaill, F. (2001). Developmental arrest in vent worm embryos. Nature, 413(6857), 698-699. doi:10.1038/35099674
Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute contribution #1459.
Subject(s): Hydrothermal vents
Larvae--Effect of temperature on
Embryo--growth & development
Polychaete worms
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Owner Institution: FAU