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travelling polychaetes

Helmut Zibrowius hzibrowi at com.univ-mrs.fr
Wed Dec 13 10:03:54 EST 1995

In reply to worm co-detective Kirtley's remarks of Tue, 12 Dec 1995 18:
04:46 -0800:

   I cannot help with the sabellariids. I just wish to confirm that 
Crassostrea virginica has been an efficient vector for many species: 
from Atlantic N America to Pacific N America, and also to W Europe. I would 
expect that close to intertidal sabellariids are likely to survive such 
oyster trips. Later, the Japanese oyster Crassostrea gigas carried plenty 
of Far Eastern species to Europe, negligence of the French Fisheries etc. 
authorities helping. Including the serpulid Hydroides ezoensis - also a 
tube worm and thus specially adapted to travelling. Various cases of the 
"Jap-fauna" are mentioned in my compilation on the aliens in the 
Mediterranean Sea. Sabellariids apparently were not among the epifauna of 
batches examined in the 70s, by Y. Gruet. Perhaps they preferred to take a 
later train...

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