Close up of pompeii worms

Pompeii worm

Pompeii worms live in the hot water around hydrothermal vents in the Pacific Ocean and can tolerate a water temperature up to 80 degrees centigrade. They have a thick coating of symbiotic bacteria which may help to insulate them against this heat.

Scientific name: Alvinella pompejana

Rank: Species

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The following habitats are found across the Pompeii worm distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.


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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Segmented worms
  4. Polychaete worms
  5. Bristle-footed worms
  6. Alvinellidae
  7. Alvinella
  8. Pompeii worm

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