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An inordinate fondness for Osedax (Siboglinidae: Annelida): Fourteen new species of bone worms from California

Fossil and molecular evidence indicate that the origin of Osedax dates into the Cretaceous period (Danise & Higgs 2015; Taboada et al. 2015; Vrijenhoek et al. 2009). In this sense Osedax resembles the radiation of vestimentiferans, but no records exist for such high species diversity among vestimentiferan or frenulate siboglinids in comparably small geographic areas as in Monterey Bay. Given that Osedax was first described in 2004, it seems likely that many more species remain to be discovered in the world’s oceans.

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