Bathymodiolus childressi

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Bathymodiolus childressi
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Pteriomorphia
Order: Mytiloida
Family: Mytilidae
Genus: Bathymodiolus
Species: B. childressi
Binomial name
Bathymodiolus childressi
Gustafson, Turner, Lutz, & Vrijenhoek, 1998[1]

Bathymodiolus childressi is a species of deepwater mussel, a marine bivalve mollusk species in the family Mytilidae, the mussels.

Although this species has been known since 1985,[2] it was formally described as a species in 1998.[1]


This species lives in cold seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.[3]

Bathymodiolus childressi is stenothermal species living in temperatures ranging from 6.5 to 7.2 °C.[4] However it was able to survive the temperature of 20 °C in the laboratory.[4]


This mussel harbors intracellular methanotrophic bacteria in its gills.[2] The bacteria provide carbon to the mussel.

Interspecific relationships[edit]

The snail Bathynerita naticoidea can detect beds of the mussel Bathymodiolus childressi. It is attracted to water that has been altered by this species of mussel,[3] but the nature of the attractant was not discovered yet.[3] This snail also feeds on periphyton of methanotrophic bacteria that grow on the shells of Bathymodiolus childressi,[3] living on the decomposing periostracum of the mussels[3] and on byssal fibres of those mussels.[3]


This species was named after James J. Childress, a marine biologist who investigated the physiology of this mussel at the University of California, Santa Barbara.[5]


  1. ^ a b Gustafson R. G., Turner R. D., Lutz R. A. & Vrijenhoek R. C. (1998). "A new genus and five new species of mussels (Bivalvia, Mytilidae) from deep-sea sulfide/hydrocarbon seeps in the Gulf of Mexico". Malacologia 40(1-2): 63-112. page 84.
  2. ^ a b Childress J.J., Fisher C.R., Brooks J.M., Kennicutt M.C., II, Bidigare R. & Anderson A. (1986) A methanotrophic marine molluscan symbiosis: mussels fueled by gas. Science, 233, 1306-1308.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Dattagupta S., Martin J., Liao S., Carney R. S. & Fisher C. R. (2007). "Deep-sea hydrocarbon seep gastropod Bathynerita naticoidea responds to cues from the habitat-providing mussel Bathymodiolus childressi". Marine Ecology 28(1): 193-198. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0485.2006.00130.x
  4. ^ a b Berger M. S. & Young C. M. (2006). "Physiological response of the cold-seep mussel Bathymodiolus childressi to acutely elevated temperature". Marine Biology 149(6): 1397-1402. doi:10.1007/s00227-006-0310-8
  5. ^ "Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names". Retrieved 28 July 2012. 

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