Giant Tube Worm (Riftia pachyptila)

Series of top view illustrations of the Giant Tube Worm

The Giant Tube Worm (Rifita pachyptia) is a marine invertebrate that lives on the floor of the Pacific Ocean near hydrothermal vents. These organisms can tolerate extremely high hydrogen sulfide levels. As they have no mouth and digestive tract, the Giant Tube Worm depends on bacteria that live inside them for their food. Their bright red plume is a specialized organ that is used to exchange compounds with the sea water. The outer tube is made from chitin, a tough substance that makes the exoskeleton of crabs, lobsters, and shrimp.

The Giant Tube Worm has an overall length between 6.56’-9.84’ (2-3 m), diameter of 1.57”-1.97” (4-5 cm), and weight of .006-.09 lb (3-44 g). The typical lifespan of the Giant Tube Worm is between 100-300 years.

Details

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Height:
Width:
1.57”-1.97” | 4-5 cm (Diameter)
Depth:
Length:
6.56’-9.84’ | 2-3 m
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Weight:
.006-.09 lb | 3-44 g
Area:
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Scientific Name:
Riftia pachyptila
Lifespan:
100-300 years

Properties

Drawings include:

Giant Tube Worm top view (assorted)

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Worms are typically legless, smooth, slender, invertebrates. Worms play important ecological roles as soil conditioners and parasites to crops, animals, and humans. Free-living worms are not found on land, but rather, burrowed underground, in marine, or freshwater environments.

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.01”-.02” | .3-.6 mm (Diameter)
.2”-.51” | .5-1.3 cm
1-2 months
Pinworm
0.060
1.300
0.17
124000
3D
Pinworm
.24”-.28” | 6-7 mm (Diameter)
6.56’-23’ | 2-7 m
3-5 years
Pork Tapeworm
0.700
700.000
5.00
76800
3D
Pork Tapeworm
.12”-.14” | 3-3.5 mm (Diameter)
1.18”-1.97” | 3-5 cm
1-3 years
Whipworm
0.350
5.000
3.00
56000
3D
Whipworm
.79”-1.97” | 2-4 cm (Diameter)
3.28’-9.84’ | 1-3 m
.77-1 lb | .35-.45 kg
3-5 years
Bobbit Worm
4.000
300.000
0.450
5.00
47300
3D
Bobbit Worm
.08”-.12” | 2-3 mm (Diameter)
5.91”-27.56” | 15-70 cm
1-12 months
Flea Tapeworm
0.300
70.000
1.00
28400
3D
Flea Tapeworm
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm (Diameter)
7.87”-15.75” | 20-40 cm
Hammerhead Flatworm
0.500
40.000
13100
3D
Hammerhead Flatworm
3.54”-3.94” | 9-10 cm (Diameter)
3.94”-11.81” | 10-30 cm
.002-.003 lb | 1-1.5 g
5-6 years
Lugworm
10.000
30.000
0.002
6.00
12900
3D
Lugworm
.28”-.39” | 7-10 mm (Diameter)
7.87”-9.84” | 20-25 cm
.01-.09 lb | 5-40 g
4-8 years
Common Earthworm
1.000
25.000
0.040
8.00
6800
3D
Common Earthworm
.08”-.2” | 2-5 mm (Diameter)
1.57”-2.75” | 4-7 cm
.001-.002 lb | .5-1 g
New Guinea Flatworm
0.500
7.000
0.001
6000
3D
New Guinea Flatworm
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm (Diameter)
1.18”-5.12” | 3-13 cm
.009-.013 lb | 4-6 g
2-5 years
Redworm
0.500
13.000
0.006
5.00
5900
3D
Redworm
1.57”-1.97” | 4-5 cm (Diameter)
6.56’-9.84’ | 2-3 m
.006-.09 lb | 3-44 g
100-300 years
Giant Tube Worm
5.000
300.000
0.044
300.00
4700
3D
Giant Tube Worm
.79”-1.18” | 2-3 cm (Diameter)
3.28’-9.84’ | 1-3 m
.44-.88 lb | .2-.4 kg
10-20 years
Giant Gippsland Earthworm
3.000
300.000
0.400
20.00
4100
3D
Giant Gippsland Earthworm
2.75”-3.74” | 2.5-9.5 cm (Diameter)
1.97”-5.91” | 5-15 cm
.002-.1 lb | 1-45 g
2.5-3.5 years
Bearded Fireworm
9.500
15.000
0.045
3.50
1600
3D
Bearded Fireworm
.2”-.24” | 5-6 mm (Diameter)
1.97”-5.12” | 5-13 cm
.002-.003 lb | 1-1.5 g
1-3 years
European Nightcrawler
0.600
13.000
0.002
3.00
700
3D
European Nightcrawler