Osedax mucofloris

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Osedax mucofloris
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order: Sabellida
Family: Siboglinidae
Genus: Osedax
Rouse et al., 2004[1]
Species: O. mucofloris
Binomial name
Osedax mucofloris
Glover, Kallstrom, Smith & Dahlgren, 2005[2]

Osedax mucofloris is a species of bathypelagic Polychaetes that is reported to sustain itself on the bones of dead whales.[3][4][5][6] Translated from the mixed Greek and Latin used in scientific names, "Osedax mucofloris" literally means "snot-flower bone-eater", though the less-accurate "bone-eating snot-flower worm" seems to be the form actually used.[3][5] The species is found in North East Atlantic where it is abundant.[2]


  1. ^ G. W. Rouse, S. K. Goffredi, and R. C. Vrijenhoek (2004). "Osedax: Bone-Eating Marine Worms with Dwarf Males". Science 305: 668–671. doi:10.1126/science.1098650. PMID 15286372. 
  2. ^ a b Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (2012). "Osedax mucofloris Glover, Kallstrom, Smith & Dahlgren, 2005". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "'Zombie worms' found off Sweden". BBC News. October 18, 2005. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "World-wide whale worms? A new species of Osedax from the shallow north Atlantic". Proc. Biol. Sci. (National Center for Biotechnology Information) 272 (1581): 2587–92. 22 December 2005. doi:10.1098/rspb.2005.3275. PMC 1559975. PMID 16321780. 
  5. ^ a b "North Sea marine worm discovered". Natural History Museum. 19 October 2005. Retrieved February 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ Glover, A. G; Kallstrom, B.; Smith, C. R; Dahlgren, T. G (2005). "World-wide whale worms? A new species of Osedax from the shallow north Atlantic". Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 272 (1581): 2587–2592. doi:10.1098/rspb.2005.3275. ISSN 0962-8452. PMC 1559975. PMID 16321780. 

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