Hydrothermal Vent Invertebrate Collection
Hydrothermal vents are some of the planet's most extreme habitats. Specimens from these habitats may be vital to studies of relationships, biogeography, endemicity and deep-sea diversity, but only if the information on their existence is made available. That is the goal of this web page.
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West Coast & Polar Regions Undersea Research Center, National Science Foundation Division of Environmental Biology (Biotic Surveys and Inventories DEB-0072695 and DEB-0103690) and the Department of Zoology's Marshall Field Fund provided financial support for these collections. At-sea support by the captains and crews of the ships, R/V THOMAS G. THOMPSON, R/V ATLANTIS, R/V JOHN P. TULLY and the R/V WESTERN FLYER and by the pilots and support groups of the Alvin, and the Remotely Operated Vehicles, Jason, Jason II, ROPOS, and Tiburon were essential to successfully making these collections.
This searchable database contains records of specimens collected at deep-sea hydrothermal vents on Juan de Fuca Ridge between 1996 and 2004, Gorda Ridge in 2002 and 2004, East Pacific Rise in 2002 and 2003 by J. Voight. Also included are records of specimens collected at Escanaba Trough in 1988 by the USGS and from the East Pacific Rise in 1998 by C. R. Fisher that are deposited in our collections.
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