Any of various often large marine annelid tubeworms of the family Siboglinidae that inhabit deep-sea hydrothermal vents and lack a digestive system, depending on endosymbiotic bacteria for nutrition. Vestimentiferans were formerly classified in the phylum Vestimentifera.

[From New Latin Vestīmentifera, former phylum name : Latin vestīmentum, outer garment; see vestment + Latin -fera, neuter pl. of -fer, -fer.]
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Sulfur contents and sulfur-isotope compositions of thiotrophic symbioses in bivalve mollusks and vestimentiferan worms.
The book consists of five detailed chapters on ecosystem-based management of marine microalgae and the bull kelp Nereocystis leutkeana, the ecology and management of temperate mangroves, the exploitation and conservation of precious corals, the biology of vestimentiferan tubeworms, and historical reconstruction of human-induced changes in US estuaries.
Dan Cohen (NOAA Systematics Laboratory) studied the vent fish, and Meredith Jones of the Smithsonian Institution continued his earlier studies on the vestimentiferan tubeworms.
23 SCIENCE similarities in the distribution of animals at vent communities in the Pacific Ocean and in the gulf of Mexico, including the intriguing "co-occurrence" of a clam, a mussel and a vestimentiferan, or tube, worm at widely separated sites.
These tiny gastropods were typically sampled as by-catch with the larger vent taxa, primarily bivalve molluscs and vestimentiferan polychaetes, on which the limpets reside.
The links among these fields are illustrated by following an example species, the vestimentiferan tubeworm Riftia pachyptila, through different stages of its life cycle.
Unlike endosymbiont-bearing vestimentiferan tubeworms and vesicomyid clams, which have reduced or nonexistent digestive systems (Boss & Turner 1980, Jones 1981), digestive systems of bathymodiolin mussels appear to be anatomically and enzymatically complete (Kenk & Wilson 1985, Le Pennec et al.
In contrast, infectious symbionts such as the thiotrophs hosted by vestimentiferan tubeworms (Nussbaumer et al.
The vestimentiferan Ridgeia piscesae Jones 1985 and alvinellid Paralvinella palmiformis Desbruyeres & Laubier 1986 were common on these rock fragments, whereas the mussels were few.
Seepiophila jonesi, a new genus and species of vestimentiferan tube worm (Annelida : Pogonophora) from hydrocarbon seep communities in the Gulf of Mexico.
Life history characteristics and habitat-structuring by vestimentiferan tubeworms from Gulf of Mexico Cold Seeps.
Riftia pachyptila, new genus, new species, the vestimentiferan tubeworm from the Galapagos Rift geothermal vents.