Brimstone Thornworm

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Brimstone Thornworm
(Xanthovermites sulfurtegera)
Artwork of Brimstone Thornworm
Species is extinct.
3/15, replaced by descendant
Creator Krakow Sam Other
Taxonomy
Domain
Kingdom
Subkingdom
Phylum
Class
Order
Family
Genus
Species
Eukaryota
Binucleozoa
Symbiovermes
Palaeovermes
Spinohelminthes
Xanthovermitoformes
Xanthovermitidae
Xanthovermites
Xanthovermites sulfurtegera
Week/Generation 2/9
Habitat Deep Ocean Vent
Size 4 cm Long
Primary Mobility Unknown
Support Unknown
Diet Vent Bacteria
Respiration Unknown
Thermoregulation Ectotherm
Reproduction Asexual (Budding)


The brimstone thornworm has taken advantage of the abundant food source provided by the plaque of sulfur-metabolizing bacteria around deep sea vents. To this end it has a thick mineral carapace to protect it from the heat around the vent. This hinders its movement, but movement isn't a great requirement in this environment. Over time, sulfur crystals grow on the backs of these creatures, with some of the oldest being up to a centimeter in size, and almost totally encrusted with brimstone.

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Living Relatives (click to show/hide)

These are randomly selected, and organized from lowest to highest shared taxon. (This may correspond to similarity more than actual relation)

None found. Note that this does not necessarily mean it has no living relatives at all, but that, assuming all taxonomy is filled in, its entire phylum is extinct; any relatives it does have likely do not resemble it.