The present study gives a formal name to the ‘scaly-foot gastropod’, Chrysomallon squamiferum n. gen., n. sp. with Longqi vent field as the type. As greigite is magnetic, the animal actually sticks to magnets. The three known populations of Chrysomallon squamiferum: Kairei, Longqi. Chrysomallon squamiferum Chen, Linse, Copley, & Rogers, For more multimedia, look at Chrysomallon squamiferum on Wikimedia Commons.

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The harsh environment has caused the snail to develop a unique exoskeleton. Prospects for inferring very large phylogenies by using the neighbor-joining method.

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Within the Peltospiridae, the new genus can easily be distinguished from the limpet-form genera Echinopelta McLean, ; Nodopelta McLean, and Rhynchopelta McLean,as it has a distinctly coiled shell with approximately three whorls. Interestingly a number of active vents have been inferred between Longqi and Kairei e.

In this species, the sides of the snail’s foot are extremely unusual, in that they are armoured with hundreds of iron-mineralised sclerites ; these are composed of iron sulfides [6] greigite and pyrite. Microanatomy, shell structure and molecular phylogeny of LeptogryaXyleptogyra and Leptogyropsis Gastropoda: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Abyssochrysoidea from hydrothermal vents”. Institutional abbreviations are as follows:. The models selected were as follows: The snail’s oesophageal gland houses symbiotic gammaproteobacteria from which the snail appears to obtain its nourishment. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Get gentle updates in your inbox whenever new articles are published. Scatterplot of shell diameter vs shell height of 50 specimens of Chrysomallon squamiferum n.

Its shell was also covered in the same material, making it the only known metazoan to use iron in its skeleton Yao et al.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Recently, Nakamura et al. The three vent fields where Chrysomallon squamiferum is known from.

The reproductive system has some unusual features. The scaly snail— Goffredi et al.

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Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. This extends the distribution of C.

Notify me of new posts sqyamiferum email. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The function of the scales is postulated to be either protection or detoxification but their true use remains a mystery.


The operculum is known from all populations and is similar in each Chen et al. An operculum of juvenile snail.

Views Read Edit View history. Holotype shell diameter Multispiral, crysomallin in juveniles. Scaly-foot gastropod is magnetic and sticks to magnets.

Squamferum Animals living on hydrothermal vents Gastropods described in Chemosynthetic symbiosis. It is really amazing! Archived from the original PDF on Shell parameters of Chrysomallon squamiferum n. Range and proportion to shell diameter calculated from 50 specimens across a size range. The abundance of scaly-foot gastropods was lower in the Kairei field than in the Longqi field.