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Polychaete hosts of copepod Octophiophora lacertae

O'Reilly, Myles Myles.OReilly at sepa.org.uk
Tue Dec 14 17:19:58 EST 1999

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Dear Colleagues,

Regarding Geoff Read's request for information regarding the host of the 
parasitic copepod Octophiophora lacertae described by Stock (1988) from 
the Great Barrier Reef, I have a copy of the paper to hand and can inform 
you that the single copepod specimen was found loose in a vial containing 
several Serpulid worms collected from Lizard Island viz: "Protula sp., 
Hydroides (5 spp.), Metavermilia sp., Pomatostegus stellatus, Serpula (4 
spp.) and Vermiliopsis sp."  

Stock made the reasonable assumption that the copepod was an associate 
of one of the above polychaetes.  Although Stock implied that 
Octophiophora lacertae was an ectoparasite its gross morphology is 
reminiscent of Entobius sp. which are endoparasites of Terebellids. 
Although I am not suggesting it is related to Entobius it might possibly have 
a similar mode of life.  Resolution of its habits awaits the discovery of in-
situ material.  

Myles O'Reilly 
Scottish Environmentoa Protection Agency
5 Redwood Crescent
East Kilbride 
Glasgow G74 5PP
Scotland, UK
<Myles.OReilly at sepa.org.uk>

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