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8 Clams & Mussels

Mussels and clams living near hydrothermal vents have symbiotic bacteria living within their gills. Besides housing the bacteria, the mussels and clams help obtain chemicals the bacteria need to live. In exchange, the bacteria make sugars the mussels and clams can use.

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1. Hydrothermal Vent 2. Vent Formation 3. Human Occupied Submersible 4. Anemone 5. Zoarcid Fish 6. Tubeworms 7. Crabs 8. Clams & Mussels 9. Pompeii Worm
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Credit: Nicolle Rager, National Science Foundation