POLYCHAETE CARPET WORM (Vigtorniella ardabilia) ©Yoshihiro Fujiwara / JAMSTEC
Vigtorniella ardabilia is a species of annelid worm found on the sea floor in areas of organic enrichment. These habitats include the remains of dead whales on the sea floor (whale-falls) and areas of polluted sediment found underneath fish farms.
This new species was only discovered and described in 2009. It was one of many thousands of new marine species that are described every year.
One of the interesting things about Vigtorniella ardabilia is that it is what scientists term a cryptic species. These are species which appear morphologically the same as a closely-related species, and are distinguishable only on the basis of their DNA sequences.
The scientists decided to name the new ‘carpet worm’ species Vigtorniella ardabilia, after a carpet, the famous Ardabil carpet housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Fact Source: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/species-of-the-day/collections/collecting/vigtorniella-ardabilia/index.html
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