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 APRIL 1, 2010 Volume 4

7 Animals With the Longest Life Spans
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Geoducks
Geoducks are large saltwater clams native to the Puget Sound area. The have long "necks", or siphons, which can grow to over  1 meter long.
Geoducks been known to live for at least 160 years.

Tuataras
 Tuataras can be referred to as "living dinosaurs." The two species of tuatara alive today are the only surviving members of an order that lived 200,000,000 years ago.
Some individuals may live to be 100-200 years old.

Lamellibrachia tube worms
Tube worms (L. luymesi) live along hydrocarbon vents on the ocean floor.
Tube worms are known to live for 170 years.
 Many scientists believe some live for 250 years or more.
 
Red sea urchins
The red sea urchin lives in the Pacific Ocean along North America's west coast.  Its home is shallow low-tide waters. They crawl along the ocean floor using their spines as stilts.
Some red sea urchins are more than 200 years old.
Koi
Koi are an ornamental carp. The are common in artificial rock pools and decorative ponds.
Some varieties can live more than 200 years.
Hanako, the oldest known koi, died in 1977. He was 226 years old.
Tortoises
Tortoises are considered the longest living vertebrates on Earth.  Harriet, a Galapagos tortoise, lived to be 175 years old.
 Adwaita, an Aldabra giant tortoise who died in 2006, was rumored to be 250 years old.
Ocean quahog
The ocean quahog is a species of clam. Researchers interpret the dark rings on the shell as annual marks, much like a tree has rings.
Some ocean quahogs are more than 400 years old.

 

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