Tubeworms and crabs

Photo: Community of undersea vent life forms, tube worms and colony of crabs in a hot, nutrient-rich water

Caption: The requirement of Vibrio cholerae for salt to grow led us to suggest that its ancestral home is the sea. Genomics has helped to substantiate this theory. The image is of a community of life around a deep-sea vent. The isolation of the genus Vibrio from deep-sea hydrothermal vents was first reported in 1981. Vibrio species have also been found in a variety of deep-sea habitats.

Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Credit: Image courtesy of Richard A. Lutz, Rutgers University, Stephen Low Productions, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

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