So big I could pet it

While sorting through my deep-sea Gulf of Mexico samples this morning I found this freakin’ huge nematode.  Isn’t it awesome????  Usually its only the parasitic species that get so big, but this one is a free-living species.  I’ll be pretty pissed off if BP has made this one extinct…

Holly Bik (160 Posts)

I am a computational biologist at the University of California, Riverside. My research uses DNA sequencing and genomics to study microbial eukaryotes (yeah, nematodes!) in marine ecosystems, with an emphasis on evolution and biodiversity in the deep-sea. I can neither confirm nor deny that I like Unix more than I like going to sea.

6 Replies to “So big I could pet it”

  1. This was from the deep-sea sites in the Gulf (slightly Southwest of Louisiana’s boot tip, I think). Most likely a known genus but a new species (well, new as in not formally described since most deep-sea nematodes haven’t been)–will send an update when our taxonomist collaborator has looked at this worm!

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