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Parasites of Serpulids (?)

Harry A. ten Hove hove at bio.uva.nl
Tue Dec 14 08:21:00 EST 1999

>PS: Can anyone tell me what polychaete Stock (1988, Tropical Zoology
>1(2):217-222) found  Octophiophora lacertae on? A serpulid? I don't have
>the journal.

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

Unfortunately no one will be able to tell you the host of this monster. I 
accidentally collected the specimen on Lizard Island in 1986. It came from 
a vial with the following serpulids: Protula sp., Hydroides (5 spp.), 
Metavermilia sp., Pomatostegus stellatus (which I would call nowadays 
Pomatostegus actinoceras), Serpula (4 spp) and Vermiliopsis sp. No proof 
that it came from a serpulid since I found the specimen not (any longer?) 
attached to a host, but likely.  

Your plaintive comment that you do not have the paper induced me to send 
you a photocopy (no original reprints left for sending).  

Parasitic copepods indeed can occur on small hosts, they have been 
reported from Filograna and/or Salmacina too, not the largest of serpulids. 
If someone really wants to have a go at crustacean parasites of serpulids, 
a quick scan of my files already gives a starting list of at least 15 papers. 
There should be some material by Stock in our Amsterdam collections too.  

dr. Harry A. ten Hove
Institute for Systematics and Ecology
Zoological Museum, University of Amsterdam
POB 94766, 1090 GT AMSTERDAM

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