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Hypersaline polychaetes

Helmut Zibrowius hzibrowi at com.univ-mrs.fr
Fri Jun 4 00:32:13 EST 1999

On Thu, 3 Jun 1999 15:56:36 -0700 (PDT, Lawrence L. Lovell wrote:

>.. Salton Sea in California, USA.  This sea is man-made 
>accident (early 1900's) and currently has a salinity of about 47 and rising.  
>Nereis succinea and Streblospio benedicti are currently thriving there. 

The serpulid Ficopomatus enigmaticus (formerly known as Mercierella) can 
live under very variable salinity conditions, including similar high 
hypersaline values. This was regularly the case in summer in the lagoon of 
Tunis (connected with the Mediterranean by a channel; N Africa), when 
this species was studied there in the 60s (the lagoon has now widely been 
modified and filled in).  


Vuillemin S., 1965. Contribution a l'etude ecologique du lac de Tunis. 
Biologie de Mercierella enigmatica Fauvel. Thesis, Paris, A 4622 (5469), 
554 pp., illustrated.

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