Dear Dr. G. Read
A collegue of mine working on Annelidae in Blanes/Spain has sent me
your e-mail adress advicing me kindly to write to you concerning several
questions about Ficopomatus enigmatus (Fauvel). In fact, we are at the
beginning of a research programm on this serpulid which is filling up
several of our lagoons here in South France and causes a lot of
problems for local people.
My two questions concern first a systematic problem: I read in some
older literature that scientists working on these serpulids confused two
species Ficopomatus enigmaticus (former Mercierella enigmaticus) and
Neopomatus ushakovi (Pillai), considering them as one and the same
species. Do you know or anyone of your collegues if new systematics
confirm today that Ficopomatus enigmaticus and Neopomatus ushakovi
are two species??
My second question concerns the distribution of Ficopomatus
enigmaticus in European waters in general and in the Mediterranean in
particular. Do you or your collegues know about actual distribution of F.
engigmaticus in Europe and if any scientists are actually working on this
species in the Mediterranean (in Spain, Italy or elsewhere)?
I am very greatful for all possible help and look forward hearing from you
with very best wishes,
Dr. Monica Müller
Centre d'Etudes Hydrobiologiques/ Perpignan France
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