A close up of a group of Bathymodiolin mussels from a methane seep.� These mussels have the ability to harbor both sulfide-oxidizing as well as methanotrophic bacterial symbionts within their gills.

A close up of a group of bathymodiolin mussels from a methane seep. These mussels have the ability to harbor both sulfide-oxidizing as well as methanotrophic bacterial symbionts within their gills. Photo courtesy of CRROCKS/NSF.

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