Foster RE: Freshwater polychaeta

Harry A. ten Hove H.A.tenHove at
Mon Sep 20 00:47:23 EST 2004

Dear all,

I have a couple of observations to make on Nancy Foster's Freshwater

Fig.3 "Mercierella enigmatica": NO. Fig.3 a and b very evidently have been 
taken from the tropical/subtropical fouling species Hydroides elegans 
(Haswell, 1883), definitely not occurring in freshwater. Fig. 3c indeed 
depicts Ficopomatus enigmaticus (Fauvel, 1923). I, however, would hardly 
expect that species in freshwater, it is osmoconforming and as far as known to 
me survives in water of 2 per mille, but reproduces up from 5 or 10; I even am 
not sure if this latter record (which I should have to delve out, in my memory 
it was one of Straughan's papers) indeed was recorded from a 
temperate/subtropical site in Australia (than being F. enigmaticus), or from a 
tropical locality in which case it more likely will have been F. uschakovi 
(Pillai, 1960); Straughan mixed both species up.  

The only real freshwater serpulid is Marifugia cavatica Absolon & Hrabe,
1930, recorded from the Karst caves in former Yougoslavia.


dr. Harry A. ten Hove
Zoological Museum,
University of Amsterdam
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