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Branchiobdellid research

idaho idaho at appstate.campuscwix.net
Fri Feb 5 15:03:02 EST 1999

Dear Annelidans,

I've been lurking on this list for a couple of years without a post now. But 
finally I have things to share and help to ask for.  I am completing a body 
of research on branchiobdellids, one of the neglected but interesting 
groups of annelid worms.  If you're not familiar with them, branchiobdellid 
are symbionts which attach to the exoskeletons of freshwater decapods.  
My research has been both physiological and ecological in nature and I 
have attempted to clarify many of the unknowns in the relationship 
between the worms and their hosts.  The second thrust of my work has 
been in the area of distribution and host specificity of the worms when 
presented with naturally occurring populations of sympatric potential 

I would be very interested in hearing from any other branchiobdellid 
researchers on the list.  I would also like to hear any information you 
guys have concerning recent papers on branchiobdellids.  If you've ever 
looked at the literature on these guys you'll know that about 95% of it is 
taxonomic in nature with very little devoted to the physiological or 
community ecology of the organisms.  Information on new papers is also 
difficult to come by, so if you know anything, drop me a line.  

Bryan L. Brown
<idaho at appstate.campuscwix.net>

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