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Contact: Kim Marshall-Brown
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

Diseased Vent Mussel

Caption: A black-body mussel from Fiji Basin. The body discoloration is associated with massive and pervasive infection of the mussel tissue by microscopic black yeast; a normal, healthy mussel would have the coloration of a raw oyster.

Credit: Cindy Lee Van Dover, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

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