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Hyalinoecia behaviour & predators

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Mon Sep 22 00:06:21 EST 1997

Hello polychaete folks, 

I am looking for any information on the natural behaviour of Hyalinoecia
spp. onuphid quill-worms - movement, aggregations, food, etc. Also
evidence, observational, circumstantial, or otherwise, of predation upon
them by other epibenthos, by fish, or by whatever, particularly from those
who might have photographs or other solid evidence that something loves
munching quill worms - there's a lot of them lying about ready to be eaten!

Any help with pointers or from the direct observations of our  
submariners  would be much appreciated and duly acknowledged.

I already know of these papers:

Wigley,RL; Emery,KO (1967): Benthic animals, particularly Hyalinoecia
(Annelida) and Ophiomusium (Echinodermata) in sea-bottom photographs
from the continental slope. Deep-Sea Photography. Johns Hopkins
Oceanographic Studies 3, 235-249.

Dayton,PK; Hessler,RR (1972): Role of biological disturbance in
maintaining diversity in the deep sea. Deep-Sea Research Part I -
Oceanographic Research Papers 19, 199-208.

Grassle,JF; Sanders,HL; Hessler,RR; Rowe,GT; McLellan,T (1975): Pattern and
zonation: a study of the bathyal megafauna using the research submersible
Alvin. Deep-Sea Research Part I - Oceanographic Research Papers 22,

Hecker,Barbara (1994): Unusual megafaunal assemblages on the continental
slope off Cape Hatteras. Deep-Sea Research Part II 41(4-6), 809-834.

Thanks & best wishes to you all,

  Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>

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