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Errant polychaetes on different substrate

Thomas Hesselberg enpth at bath.ac.uk
Thu Mar 13 14:18:59 EST 2003

Hello all,

I'm thinking about doing a correlation study between the morphology of errant 
polychaetes and the texture of the substrate they live and crawl on. I'm 
mostly working with Nereis diversicolor, but since it is very much a generalist 
and is found in a wide range of substrates from sand to clay then I'm 
searching for some more specialised polychaetes (it is important that they 
resemble Nereis approximately with well developed parapodia and an active 
crawling life-style). I'm especially interested in very specialized species found 
only on rocks/reef or commensals on other organisms and then compare 
that to species specialized to live in fine mud or very soft and slippery 
substrate. If any of you know of some species which fit into this description, 
then I would be interested to know about them no matter where in the world 
they can be found.  

Thanks for the attention,

Thomas Hesselberg
Biomimetics Group
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom
Tel   +44 (0) 1225384339 
E-mail T.Hesselberg at bath.ac.uk

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

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