Deep-Sea Worms

These deep-sea photographs show a variety of broad-collared enteropneusts or acorn worms. These wormlike animals make spiral tracks on the sea floor. All the species shown here are new to science, and most have not yet been collected by scientists. More about deep ocean exploration can be found in the Deep Ocean Exploration section.


From Holland, N. D., D. A. Clague, D. P. Gordon, A. Gebruk, D. L. Pawson, M. Vecchione. 2005. ‘Lophenteropneust’ hypothesis refuted by collection and photos of new deep-sea hemichordates. Nature 434: 374-376.