Worm eggs and amphipods

Edwin Cruz-rivera ecruzriv at email.unc.edu
Sun Jun 23 23:18:27 EST 1996

Hello all,
	I have stumbled across some mudflat worm gelatinous egg masses that 
are plagued with what seems to be the amphipod Microprotopus raneyi.  Before 
this, I had never seen it in large numbers anywhere around here, but we 
have collected this amphipod occasionally in plankton tows.  I have checked 
some of the obvious sources and, have only been able to find one 
reference dealing directly with amphipod-egg mass associations (Fox, 1980).
Has anyone observed similar phenomena in other annelids that put out 
gelatinous masses of eggs?

Edwin Cruz-Rivera				Ph  (919) 726-6841
Institute of Marine Sciences			Fax (919) 726-2426
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill	email: ecruzriv at email.unc.edu
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Morehead City, NC 28557

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