There was a similar question some years ago in ANNELIDA mailing list,
by Brigitte Hilbig (04Jun99), and an answer by Mike Vecchione
See the ANNELIDA archives for both the question:
and the answer:
Probably Brigitte Hilbig can tell you more about it.
There is also an old paper by Stewart (1881) on a Eunicidae supposed to have
some boring activity on a telegraphic cable off Singapore. The eunicid in
question was described as Lithognatha worslei, new species new genus, and
later considered to be an undeterminable Palolo by Kristian Fauchald (1992:
Of course, there is the possibility that the eunicids are only squatters of
the somebody else's holes (see the above messages on the ANNELIDA archives).
I hope this can help.
<gil at ceab.csic.es>
Stewart, C. 1881. On a supposed new boring annelid. Journal of the
Royal Microscopical Society, Ser.2, 1: 717-719, plate 9.
Fauchald, K. 1992. Review of the types of Palola (Eunicidae:
Polychaeta). Journal of Natural History, 26: 1177-1225.
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